Kevin Pillar Ready to Return to Blue Jays

By on August 22, 2016

 

 

 Kevin Pillar at First Wearing Protective Mitten (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

Kevin Pillar at First Wearing Protective Mitten (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

LAKELAND, Fl.—Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar (left thumb strain) says he is ready to return to the team after his two game rehab assignment with Class-A Dunedin.

It feels pretty good,” said Pillar after the game Sunday that saw him go 2-2 and being hit twice by pitches from Lakeland Flying Tigers pitchers.

From where I was at a week ago is a night to day difference, a week ago I said I could play but looking back on it I don’t know how effective I would have been. I was just trying to be tough and get by. The time of year is exciting just trying to reach the playoffs again but now coming down here and seeing some live pitching it really put my thumb to the test. I feel I can go out there, be effective and help our team.”

Pillar said of the two pitches that hit him that the first was on the triceps and the second was on the

Single to Center (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

Single to Center (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)

(left) elbow.

It was unfortunate, I blame it on myself due to the fact I knew I was going to come on a rehab assignment and I didn’t bring my elbow guard or shin guard. But it’s part of the game, it’s one of those things that you want to come down here and want to experience everything the game has to offer. You know sliding, diving back into first, hit by a pitch, you know in just two short days I was able to experience everything, swing and miss ball off the end. So I just put my thumb and body to the test now I am excited to get back to Toronto.”

Pillar went 6-7 during his two games a .857 average and played errorless ball in center.

I don’t put too much stock in it but it beats going 0-7, so I am going back with a little confidence. More than anything it just felt good to put the bat on the ball and see somebody pitching.”

EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO

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As to what happens next Pillar said, “Toronto, I am going home. I fly out tonight, an off day tomorrow, a complete off day no swinging the bat just letting my thumb rest then get ready for Tuesday.”

Pillar injured his left thumb on August 8th.

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