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Lind returns to lineup; Encarnacion still out

Lind returns to lineup; Encarnacion still out

Lind returns to lineup; Encarnacion still out

TORONTO -- After sitting out the last few days, Adam Lind returned to the Blue Jays' lineup on Wednesday vs. the Tigers.

Lind had missed the last two games after leaving Sunday's affair against the Red Sox with back issues.

Edwin Encarnacion, however, remains a day away from returning.

Encarnacion has been dealing with left hamstring issues since Sunday, and the Blue Jays are remaining cautious with their slugger.

"If you rush that, and you re-injure it or make it worse, then you're shot," manager John Gibbons said. "So buy him that extra day."

The reasoning for taking the slow approach with both players is because of their value to the club. Lind is coming off being named the Blue Jays player of the month for June, while Encarnacion leads the club with 23 home runs and 66 RBIs.

"Let's face it, we need both of those guys to have a good year if we're going to hang around this thing at all," Gibbons said.

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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