Lind rejoins Blue Jays for Baltimore finale

Lind rejoins Blue Jays for Baltimore finale

Lind rejoins Blue Jays for Baltimore finale
BALTIMORE -- Adam Lind is back with the Blue Jays a little earlier than anticipated.

Lind was originally expected to be out for another week, but instead rejoined the big league club for Sunday afternoon's series finale in Baltimore.

The decision was made to move up Lind's timeline in part because fellow first baseman David Cooper was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.

"It's great to be back here," said Lind, who also has been dealing with a lingering back injury. "We have a lot of good guys in the system, but it's nice to be back with the people you really know, the guys you've been with for years.

"It's nice to have purpose and be back here in the big leagues trying to win as many games as we can and keep as many teams out of the playoffs as we can right now."

Lind's back injuries have lingered for each of the past two seasons and show no immediate signs of going away. He was placed on the DL July 26 and there was a period of time when Lind wondered if he would ever be able to come back.

The discomfort seemed to fluctuate depending on the day, but Lind was eventually cleared for a rehab assignment. He appeared in three games with Double-A New Hampshire and went 6-for-11 with a solo homer and nine total bases.

For now at least, the back is feeling better, but Lind knows it's something he's going to have to monitor for the rest of the season and likely the rest of his career.

"It will probably be there the rest of my life," Lind said. "So, I just have to maintain it, do all the exercises I'm supposed to do and I think it will be tolerable.

"When I did it last year, they said those things never actually heal. You can only strengthen the muscles around it to protect it. So that's what I've been doing the last year and a half, and sometimes things like this happen."

Lind is expected to see most of his playing time at designated hitter, but will also get some games at first base in place of Edwin Encarnacion. Lind is hitting .227 (45-for-198) with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 58 games this season.