Blue Jays monitor Lind as he eyes return

Blue Jays monitor Lind as he eyes return

Blue Jays monitor Lind as he eyes return
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays remain optimistic that Adam Lind could be back in the lineup on Saturday against Philadelphia.

Toronto's first baseman was a late scratch from Tuesday night's game because of tightness in his lower back. It's the same issue that landed him on the disabled list for almost a month last season and lingered for most of the year.

Lind will be held out of baseball activity for the next two days, but if all goes well, he is expected to take batting practice on Friday.

"It's a situation that we have to continue to monitor," said Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who added the club will have to take a cautious approach all season. "He's understanding, as we are, the amount of maintenance work that has to be done there, and we just have to monitor the overall volume of work.

"We'll pick spots to give him some periodic rest and maybe some regular rest inside of a seven-day period. The schedule, the matchups, might lend to when those off-days come. It's a situation we have to manage."

Lind underwent an MRI on Tuesday and also was given a physical examination by a local doctor. The tightness was relegated to one specific area, which is a relatively good sign for the native of Indiana.

"It's not like there was broad tightness across the back," Farrell said. "In [the doctor's] opinion, he felt like this is normal in terms of someone having to deal with some lower back issues, and yet the baseball activities flared up in one spot.

"The other thing is that Adam has been so diligent with his back exercises, he felt like he has overdone them somewhat, because he would do them at home after leaving the ballpark. So we feel like, while it's a little bit of a setback ... feel like he'll be back in the lineup on the weekend."