TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are optimistic that Adam Lind will be able to return to the club's lineup by the end of next week.
Lind hasn't played since May 7 because of tightness in his lower back. He is currently rehabbing at the club's Minor League complex in Florida, but has yet to appear in a game.
The 27-year-old was originally scheduled to start at designated hitter in an extended spring training game on Saturday, but that was pushed back until Monday to accommodate a revised workout routine.
Lind will then move on to start an official rehab assignment, and his projected return to Toronto is June 3 against the Orioles.
"In the first four days of next week, not only will he DH in extended spring, but we would also get him some at-bats in the Florida State League and obviously a game or two at first base," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "That would be the optimistic plan at this point."
Lind has been going through baseball-related activities in Dunedin, Fla., but is still experiencing some discomfort when running at full speed. That type of activity has a jarring impact on the spasms in his lower back, but the rest of his workouts have been progressing as expected.
"That's the only reproducing of any symptoms has been in a full-out sprint," Farrell said. "All his conditioning is still being done on low impact, elliptical, running in the pool. But he has taken all of his work at first base, live BP, there have been no issues there."
Lind is batting .313 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 32 games this season.