Blue Jays expect Lind to return Sunday

Blue Jays expect Lind to return Sunday

Blue Jays expect Lind to return Sunday
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Adam Lind is expected to make his return to the Blue Jays' lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Pirates.

Lind has been out since Tuesday with tightness in his lower back. He went through batting practice on Friday before being shut down but likely will take part in all drills on Saturday.

"Much better, just doing all the treatments, did everything today for baseball except fielding, and I'll do everything [Saturday], batting practice, everything except the game," Lind said.

"I think they wanted to take it slow, just do hitting today, then mix in hitting and fielding tomorrow."

Lind dealt with lower back problems for the vast majority of the 2011 campaign. He was placed on the disabled list on May 17 and didn't return until June 4.

The native of Indiana was hitting .313 with an OPS of .858 at the time of the injury, but he proceeded to hit just .229 with a .691 OPS the rest of the way.

It's possible the back will become a nagging problem again this season and will need to be constantly monitored, but Lind isn't going to worry about that for now.

"We'll see how it goes," Lind said. "I think there are going to be days when I'm going to need a day off, probably, just from the whole grind of the season, but I'd love to be out there as many games as I can."