Blue Jays give Lind a break from first base

Blue Jays give Lind a break from first base

Blue Jays give Lind a break from first base
TORONTO -- Adam Lind is getting some well-earned rest over the next few days after a long stretch of activity.

The 28-year-old served as the Blue Jays' designated hitter for Saturday afternoon's game with the Rangers and, if all goes to plan, he will get the day off in Sunday's series finale.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell is hoping those two days of reduced activity, plus Monday's off-day, will give Lind some time to recharge his batteries.

"He's been going at it regularly, and I think at this point and time of the year, he's deserving," Farrell said. "And by the way things have gone, he needs to get his legs back underneath him a little bit."

In his first season as the Blue Jays' everyday first baseman, Lind played in 49 consecutive games since being activated off the disabled like on June 4. He entered the weekend batting .262 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs over that span.

Lind missed 24 games with a lower back injury, which he suffered while manning first base. Lind was a designated hitter and occasional outfielder in his first five seasons in the pros, and he is just now testing his body against the rigors of everyday play in the field.

Lind blamed a weak core for the back injury that sidelined him for most of May and into June, and he has been putting in extra work to strengthen his midsection in order to avoid aggravating the injury.

So far, the results have been positive.

"We check [Lind's progress] daily, and he's done an excellent job of maintaining the core exercises that keep the stability around the midsection, and particularly the low back. He's been diligent with that," Farrell said.

"It's just a matter of the daily play and the first full year going at first base. He's dealing with some things physically, not from an injury standpoint but just overall endurance, that he hasn't been challenged with in his Major League career."

Lind's absence means more chances for Edwin Encarnacion to continue to ride his hot streak. He got the start at first base Saturday and will likely play there on Sunday as well.

Encarnacion reached base in all four of his plate appearances Friday night in the series opener against Texas, and he doubled in four of his previous five games to extend his club lead in that category to 26.

Since the beginning of July, Encarnacion is batting .312 (29-for-93) with nine doubles, three home runs and 12 RBIs.

"With Edwin, we want to keep his bat in the lineup," Farrell said. "He's in one of those runs where he's been a major factor in our offense."