Lind, Encarnacion nearing return to Blue Jays' lineup

Lind, Encarnacion nearing return to Blue Jays' lineup

TORONTO -- Adam Lind won't require any more rehab games, and he is expected to rejoin the Blue Jays in time for their series opener against the Mariners in Seattle on Monday.

The Blue Jays' designated hitter, who's been sidelined with a fractured right foot since early July, appeared in one game for the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles on Thursday. He missed Friday's contest with back tightness, but that ailment wasn't serious and didn't affect his rehab assignment.

"He's good, he's coming with us. We need him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said prior to Saturday's game against the Tigers.

Edwin Encarnacion, who's been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps since early July, was expected to appear in a rehab game with Class A Advanced Dunedin on Saturday, depending on how he felt when we arrived at the field.

"Hopefully by the end of the week," Gibbons said of Encarnacion's return to the Blue Jays' lineup.

Injuries have plagued the club of late, so the return of Lind and Encarnacion, who are key elements to the heart of Toronto's batting order, should provide an offensive boost.

Lind is hitting .320 with four homers, 27 RBIs and a .389 on-base percentage in 61 games this season. Encarnacion, meanwhile, is hitting .277 with 26 homers, 70 RBIs and a .368 OBP in 88 games.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.