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Rejuvenated Lind moves up in order

Rejuvenated Lind moves up in order

Rejuvenated Lind moves up in order
TORONTO -- Manager John Farrell has seen enough of Adam Lind at the bottom of the order, moving him into the No. 5 spot for Wednesday's contest against the Royals.

Lind is batting .250 (6-for-24), since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, but three of those hits have left the yard, including a three-run shot on Tuesday that propelled the Blue Jays past Kansas City.

Farrell says he likes the idea of inserting Lind, a left-handed hitter, back in the middle of the order, because it breaks up the righties in the lineup. Lind will bat behind right-handers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who have combined to hit more homers than any duo in baseball.

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"I think it was important for [Lind] to come up and just kind of get back in the flow of things, rather than just thrust him back in the middle," Farrell said. "He has taken his at-bats with a freedom about him, in a good place mentally, and ready to go. If he can continue to be as productive as he has been, it adds another powerful bat in the middle of the order."

Before being optioned to the Minors, Lind was batting just .186 with three homers over 118 at-bats -- a total he has already matched in less than two weeks since being recalled.

"If you ask him, I think he views himself as a middle-of-the-order-type guy," Farrell said.

Lind is looking to get his career back on track after under-performing following a career year in 2009, when he hit .305, with 35 homers and 114 RBIs en route to a Silver Slugger Award.

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