Injuries, position switch taking toll on Lind

Injuries, position switch taking toll on Lind

Injuries, position switch taking toll on Lind
TORONTO -- It's been a long, trying season for Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind.

The 28-year-old has been forced to deal with a back injury for most of the season while also battling a sore wrist in recent weeks, which has impacted his performance at the plate.

The injury woes, combined with being asked to make the transition from designated hitter to full-time infielder this year have, at times, taken their toll mentally just as much as they have physically.

"I don't think I'm the only guy who's in that situation, but my body is kind of where I thought it would be at the beginning of the year at this point," Lind said. "It's just my mind, that's been the hardest thing about playing every day this year.

"Just the concentration level you have to have for nine innings every day. When you DH, there's definitely some down time, you can relax, but when you play at a position every day, you've got to be locked in every pitch."

Lind entered play on Saturday hitting just .200 (42-for-210) with eight home runs and 31 RBIs in 51 games since the All-Star break. He has been making harder contact in recent games and on Friday, he broke out of his slump by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs.

The production against New York becomes even more impressive considering most of it came against tough left-handed starter CC Sabathia. It's something Lind can use to build on in the final two weeks of the year and heading into the offseason.

"If you can get a hit off CC, who's probably one of the best pitchers in the game, it's gratifying," Lind said. "But it wasn't just me, everyone I think had good at-bats against him, we hung in there, and we've been that kind of team all year."

Lind is hitting .255 with 24 home runs and 83 RBIs in 118 games this season.