Lind's sore foot improving, but not enough to play

Lind's sore foot improving, but not enough to play

NEW YORK -- Blue Jays designated hitter Adam Lind was moving around the clubhouse with more ease on Wednesday afternoon, but he remains day to day with a sore right foot.

Lind sustained the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during a game against the Orioles on Saturday afternoon. He was placed in a walking boot and appeared set for a stint on the disabled list, but so far, he has been able to avoid that.

The 30-year-old was still walking with a slight limp Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn't nearly as pronounced as the day before. He also went through some light hitting drills and appears to be nearing a return.

"I haven't run yet, I just hit off a tee, which is a lot different than hitting in the games," Lind said. "It was positive, it was progress hitting in the cage today, but it's a whole new world in the heat of the moment."

The odds of Lind playing in the series finale vs. the Yankees on Thursday appear slim, but after that, the Blue Jays won't really need him for at least a few more days. Toronto will open an Interleague series on Friday night in Cincinnati, and Edwin Encarnacion is expected to get all of the work at first base.

That would keep Lind on the bench, but the hope is that he would be available to pinch-hit. Lind would then, theoretically, be in position to return to the starting lineup for a home series against the Yankees on Monday.

"There have been improvements every day, now we're just working on a tape job to relieve as much stress or pain on my foot as we can, so I can get in the lineup," said Lind, who is hitting .331 with three homers and 18 RBIs in 44 games this season.

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