By Mike Harrington
Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus has been dealing with some hamstring tightness and could land on the disabled list. That hasn't happened yet but the Jays are dealing with a short bench and Sportsnet's Shi Davidi is reporting they have called up Kevin Pillar from the Bisons, costing the Herd one of the hottest hitters in its lineup for tonight's series opener against Gwinnett in Coca-Cola Field.
(2:30 update: The Blue Jays have officially made the move, calling up Pillar and returning infielder Jonathan Diaz to the Bisons)
Pillar was hitting .305 for the Bisons with one homer and 19 RBIs and had a team-high 43 hits. but those numbers hardly tell the story of his last few weeks. After a 1-for-24 start to the season, Pillar has been one of the International League's most dangerous hitters.
Pillar is hitting .359 in his last 117 at-bats, .392 in May and .403 in his last 10 games. He's reached base in an IL-high 26 straight games, is tied for the league lead in doubles (13) and is tied for second in extra-base hits (17). He batted .403 during an 18-game hitting streak that ended May 6 and rates as the best in Triple-A this season.
Pillar batted .299 in 52 games last year for the Bisons and hit .206 in 36 games for the Blue Jays.