Lind to miss six to eight weeks with foot fracture

Lind to miss six to eight weeks with foot fracture

ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays' injury situation went from bad to worse on Wednesday afternoon, when it was revealed that first baseman Adam Lind has a non-displaced fracture in his right foot.

Lind said the doctors expect him to be out for the next six to eight weeks. That would keep him out of the lineup until at least the end of August, which is yet another crushing blow to a team that is already without the services of Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie.

The injury was originally sustained when Lind fouled a ball off his foot during a series in Baltimore on June 14. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise and attempted to play through the pain before eventually undergoing an MRI.

"I don't know if I'm surprised," said Lind, who will travel to Charlotte on Friday to receive a second opinion. "They just said bone bruise, they said it couldn't do any more damage. I wasn't showing any improvement, and I had enough really. I needed another exam than just an X-ray or a CT scan."

The Blue Jays now have an unusual situation to deal with, because Lind admitted that it was his mother who recommended he go for an MRI. Toronto previously had Lind undergo an X-ray and CT scan, but it wasn't until Tuesday in Los Angeles that he went a step further.

Lind was under the belief that he could play through the injury and that it would eventually heal. He'll now likely be placed in a walking boot to keep the foot immobilized for the foreseeable future.

"My mom wanted me to get an MRI, which I hadn't had yet because it wasn't getting any better," said Lind, who is hitting .320 in 61 games this season. "So I asked for an MRI, and it showed up."

The loss of Lind leaves the Blue Jays without a natural first baseman on their roster. Jose Bautista has been playing the position while Encarnacion is on the disabled list with a strained quad, but he's expected to eventually move back to right field.

One possible solution for Toronto would be to promote veteran infielder Dan Johnson from Triple-A Buffalo. Johnson is hitting .254 with a .405 on-base percentage and 17 homers in 92 games for the Bisons this season.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for 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.