DETROIT -- Jose Bautista and Adam Lind hit a slight bump on their road
to recovery on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.
The heart of the Blue Jays' lineup was scheduled to appear in a rehab
game for Class A Dunedin, only to have it postponed because of rain.
With more showers on the way for Wednesday, the pair will instead take
part in a simulated game before flying to New Hampshire to join the
Fisher Cats in Double-A.
"I think, for both guys, just the fact that they're back on the field,
they're going to need some at-bats to gain some overall comfort,
additional confidence and, obviously, timing at the plate," manager
John Farrell said. "We're making progress in those two areas."
It would have been the second rehab game for Bautista and the first for Lind,
who has been out with a back injury since July 25. Both are expected to
need at least a couple more games before making a return, but the fact
that they are getting closer to being ready is welcome news to an
Bautista made his first appearance in a rehab game on Monday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk as designated hitter for the Gulf
Coast Blue Jays.
He has been out since spraining his left wrist while
swinging a bat during a game against the Yankees on July 16. He is
batting .244 with 27 homers and 65 RBIs in 90 games.