TORONTO -- The Blue Jays appear set to go with a platoon of Adam Lind and Rajai Davis at designated hitter during the early stages of the season.
Lind will continue to receive all of the at-bats at either DH or first base when there's a right-handed pitcher on the mound. Davis will get the start when it's a lefty, as was the case Friday night, when Felix Doubront started for Boston.
The decision to go with a platoon doesn't mean Lind will be lifted for a pinch-hitter every time a left-handed reliever is brought into the game, but it will apply to all starts for now.
"If Lindy's in the lineup, and they're bringing a left-hander in, he may face them, depending on what's happening with the game, the score, his history against that particular guy," manager John Gibbons said. "But for right now, that gives us a chance to get Rajai in there, get him some at-bats."
Lind has notoriously struggled against left-handers during his career. He is a .220 hitter with a .607 OPS against lefties, compared to a .280 average and .832 OPS versus right-handers.
Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. Associate reporter Evan Peaslee contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less