BALTIMORE -- Adam Lind is back, and the Blue Jays are very glad to have him.
Lind was activated from the 15-day disabled list Saturday and manager John Farrell put him right back into the lineup. He had been placed on the DL with lower back stiffness on May 17, retroactive to May 8. Lind is hitting fourth as the designated hitter in Saturday's game.
"It's obviously good to have Adam Lind's name in the lineup tonight," Farrell said. "He was leading the American League in RBIs at the time. To be able to plug a four-hole hitter back in the lineup, and a left handed hitter that has had very good success, gives us that balance. It's good to see Adam back here with us."
This also gives Farrell the chance to get a powerful 3-4 combination in the middle of the lineup with Jose Bautista and Lind, something the skipper likes. Lind had a .313 average with seven homers and 27 RBI in just 32 games before going on the DL.
But Farrell also said, as he did Friday, that the Blue Jays are going to be careful with Lind at first. He'll split his time between first base and DH in the early days until the team gets a better feel for how Lind feels.
"I think that's probably the smart way to go about it, particularly as well as Juan [Rivera] has played first base," Farrell said. "We want to make sure we don't have any setbacks with Adam."
Lind said he's now got a maintenance program and will be pacing himself more. He'll limit his number of reps in pre-game work, probably taking only 15 ground balls at first, to give himself the best chance to stay healthy.
Lind went 6-for-10 on a rehab assignment with Class A Dunedin. He said he swung the bat well while down there and hopes to jump right back in.
"I hope I just take off from where I left off tonight," Lind said. "I've never done this before in a season, never been on the DL. This is new."