Lind settling back into Blue Jays' lineup

Lind settling back into Blue Jays' lineup

Lind settling back into Blue Jays' lineup
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays like what Adam Lind can provide the club in the bottom part of the lineup. But if he gets into a groove at the plate, it's possible a promotion will be in order.

Lind began the season as the club's cleanup hitter, but was eventually demoted to the Minor Leagues. Since coming back earlier this week, he has hit out of the No. 8 spot -- although it could be just a matter of time before a change is made.

"That kind of power from the left side can really begin to balance us out even more," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "The thought was when he came back, is to just let him come back and get back in the lineup regularly, swing the bat free of mind -- and that's not to say he's going to be in the eight-hole for the remainder of the year.

"He's got the capability of moving up in the order -- which, in time, if he stays on the way he's swinging, I'm sure he will find himself a little bit higher up."

Lind recorded his eighth career multi-homer game on Friday night with a pair of homers against the Angels. It was just his fourth game since being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas, but the immediate results were something Farrell hopes will spark Lind into a hot start.

"That always helps," Farrell said. "Any time a player goes through an adjustment, whether it's fundamental or from a mental standpoint, the results that come sooner are a good thing. It just reinforces the process that we're going through."

Lind hit .392 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 32 games for Las Vegas. He entered play on Saturday, hitting .202 with five homers and 15 RBIs for Toronto.