Back issues haven't slowed Lind early on

Back issues haven't slowed Lind early on

Back issues haven't slowed Lind early on
CLEVELAND -- So far, so good for Adam Lind and the soreness in his back that has become a lingering problem for the past year.

Lind has been able to play in all three of Toronto's games this season and even though he was lifted for a pinch-runner on Thursday evening, he has been able to handle the workload without any issues.

The veteran first baseman was forced to sit out five days late in Spring Training because of tightness in his back. It's something that will be monitored all season long, but hasn't created any need for extended rest.

"The schedule with a day game on Wednesday followed by an off-day, that might be a time where we look to give him a bit of a breather," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "But talking to him every day and monitoring it, he feels loose, he feels free.

"Like we talked about when he came back, we'll monitor the overall volume, but the fact that playing first keeps him warm, keeps him loose, rather than sitting for two or three innings and then he has to go up [as a DH] and take the at-bat."

Reserve outfielder Ben Francisco had been the only Blue Jays player that hadn't appeared in a game this season until he pinch-hit for catcher Jeff Mathis in the top of the ninth in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Indians.

Francisco, who reached on an error by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, sustained a strained hamstring during Spring Training, but has been given a clean bill of health.

"He's good to go," Farrell said prior to the game. "Right now he's the only position player that hasn't gotten into a game. That hasn't been because of physical limitations that's just because of game situations."

Francisco hit .244 with six homers and 34 RBIs in 100 games for Philadelphia in 2011.