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Encarnacion, Lind, Arencibia held out of lineup

Encarnacion, Lind, Arencibia held out of lineup

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are walking a thin line when it comes to filling out a healthy lineup card.

Toronto had Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, and J.P. Arencibia all on the bench with minor ailments Tuesday, leaving manager John Gibbons with almost no wiggle room if an injury were to occur.

With an eight-man bullpen, the three men on the bench are all the club has when it comes to position players, and only Arencibia is available to pinch-hit despite some shoulder issues from collisions at the plate in Boston over the weekend.

"He jarred his shoulder a little bit," Gibbons said of his catcher. "No big deal, but give him one more day, too. We DH'd him yesterday, but we don't want to get caught with that guy in the lineup while we're shorthanded at other places."

For Lind and Encarnacion, who are bothered by back and hamstring issues, respectively, it was the second straight day out of the lineup, but both look like they'll be back sooner rather than later. As a result, the Blue Jays aren't expecting to make any roster moves.

"I think we're just going to wait and see if guys are feeling better," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "It looks like they'll both be playing tomorrow. If it was something that was going to go into eight or nine days, then maybe you might have to do something."

What the Blue Jays are trying to do is not lose someone for 10 days or more. Meaning no stints on the disabled list, and no pitchers optioned to the Minors.

"You lose those guys for 10 days, that's the hardest part about it," Anthopoulos said of optioning a pitcher. "So you're better off to play short if you have to for two or three days, then you don't have to worry about it.

"Some relievers are so beat up right now, we're just trying to get back on track right now. Obviously, R.A. [Dickey] giving us the innings he did [Monday] was big. We just need all those guys [in the bullpen right now]."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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