ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays are currently considering their options for the fifth starter's role and Brian Tallet is one of the candidates. On Tuesday night, though, Tallet was roughed up in a Minor League rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Over 1 1/3 innings, Tallet allowed eight runs on nine hits, including two home runs, finishing with one strikeout, one walk and 61 pitches (36 strikes). Tallet, who opened the season as the No. 2 starter for the Blue Jays, has been on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from a left forearm issue since April 18.
The Jays currently are carrying four starters and eight relievers, considering the team does not require a fifth starter until June 1. In fact, due to having five off-days over the next month, the Jays only need a fifth starter three times through June 26. With experience as a starter and as a reliever, Tallet could be an option for the fifth spot.
Lind showing signs he's back on track
ANAHEIM -- Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston saw something in Adam Lind on Monday night that he had not seen much of this season. Gaston finally saw Lind swinging like he did throughout his breakout campaign for Toronto a year ago.
"It was the old Adam Lind last night," Gaston said on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. "I told him that, too. He just said he kind of slowed things down a little bit. I told him, 'That's you. That's you right there.' That was a good example of Adam Lind."
Lind finished 2-for-4 at the plate during the Blue Jays' 6-0 win on Monday, driving in a pair of runs in the process. The left-handed-hitting designated hitter delivered a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled in the third and drove a pitch from Angels reliever Jason Bulger to left field for a run-scoring double in the seventh.
That showing was simply a continuation of a recent hot spell for Lind.
Entering Tuesday, Lind has hit at a .310 (13-for-42) clip with two home runs and eight RBIs over his past 11 games. That was a significant upgrade over his previous 22 games, during which Lind hit .143 (12-for-84) with two home runs and eight RBIs. That slump saw Lind's average drop to an uncharacteristically low .215.
"When you're struggling you're struggling," Lind said. "I've pretty much been trying something new every day."
What types of things has Lind tried?
"All of it," he said with a laugh. "Tempo. What direction I'm thinking. Offspeed pitches. Where my belt hangs up [in my locker]."
Lind's recent stretch could be a sign that he has found the right combination of approach and mechanics to pull himself free of his slump. That would be great news for the Jays, who saw Lind hit .305 with 35 home runs and 114 RBIs during the 2009 season.
Lind noted that hit opposite-field double on Monday night was one very positive sign.
"When you're going good -- for me -- it just happens to go that way," Lind said. "That's kind of what my problem has been, trying to force balls certain directions. When I just let my bat path dictate where the ball goes, and not try to do too much. then things work out all right.
Lewis a late scratch due to foot issue
ANAHEIM -- Blue Jays left fielder Fred Lewis was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to a bunion issue on his left foot. Manager Cito Gaston said Lewis was considered day-to-day, adding that the injury was not considered serious.
"Lewis is going to sit out tonight," Gaston said on Tuesday prior to the Jays' tilt against the Angels. "He's got a little bunion problem that he had before. He had one operated on and this one here is bugging him today. We're just going to sit him out today."
Gaston said Lewis might be able to play on Wednesday, but with a scheduled off-day for the team on Thursday, there is a chance the outfielder could miss another game. With Lewis out of the order on Tuesday, Gaston gave backup outfielder Jeremy Reed the start in left and in the leadoff spot.
Lewis has a similar issue while playing for the Giants in 2008, when he underwent season-ending surgery to remove a bunion from his right big toe on Sept. 12. Lewis has hit .320 in May with an American League-high 11 doubles this month. Overall, the outfielder has hit .283 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 35 games for Toronto.
Cecil finding sucess with newfound cutter
ANAHEIM -- Considering Brett Cecil first began toying with the idea of throwing a cut fastball during Spring Training, the young left-hander is more than a little satisfied with the fact that the pitch is now a big part of his arsenal.
"I'm very satisfied," Cecil said. "It's gotten a lot of outs."
Cecil uses the cutter primarily against right-handed hitters and tends to have more success when he keeps the pitch low in the strike zone. Blue Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton noted that Cecil will sometimes use the offering against power-hitting left-handed batters as well.
The pitch has helped Cecil give hitters one more thing to worry about in the batter's box.
"More people foul it off than anything if I hit a good spot with it," Cecil said. "I've gotten a few strikeouts on backdoor ones, but for the most part, if I really get it in where I want to, they foul it off and it gets me a strike, or gives them something different to think about.
"It's been a very good pitch for me."
Designated hitter Adam Lind entered Tuesday riding a 12-game hitting streak against the Angels. In his career against the Angels, Lind was batting .463 (31-for-67), representing the second highest batting average against an opponent among active players (minimum 50 at-bats). "That's pretty good," said Lind, smiling when told of his statistics. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez boasts the best average against an opponent with a .478 (33-for-69) mark against the Giants. ... Dating back to Sept. 7 of last season, Toronto's Jose Bautista has led the Majors with 24 home runs over a span of 72 games. ... The Jays had 41 homers in May heading into Tuesday's action, leaving the club two shy of matching the franchise record for long balls in May (43 in 2000). ... The Jays' Minor League clubs had combined for a 99-77 record, which was the second-best win total in baseball, entering Tuesday.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.