Lind back in cleanup spot against Niemann

Lind back in cleanup spot against Niemann

Lind back in cleanup spot against Niemann
TORONTO -- Adam Lind made his return to Toronto's cleanup spot for Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Lind has spent the majority of the year hitting behind Jose Bautista in the No. 4 hole, but was recently demoted to eighth following a period of extended struggles.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he likes what he has been seeing from Lind in recent days, but the decision for a higher spot in the order ultimately came down to the veteran's past performance against Rays starter Jeff Niemann.

"He's had good success against Niemann," Farrell said of Lind, who has hit .464 (13-for-28) with three homers against Tampa Bay's right-hander. "I wanted to split up the right-handers as well as [Niemann] has been tough on right-handers throughout the course of the season, so that's where we're at today."

Lind began the season hitting just .186 with two homers and eight RBIs in 27 games. The was a slight improvement since dropping to eighth in the batting, but Lind still seems to be struggling to find his previous form.

The 28-year-old entered play on Monday hitting .214 with a homer and three RBIs in his past five games.

"I've seen a little bit better rhythm particularly in his setup where he has a little bit [of] movement in his hands," Farrell said. "Hopefully some RBIs on the West Coast, has a chance to build on it from there. I can tell you, we need him."