Lind might visit DL
By BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency
|Adam Lind of the Blue Jays might wind up on the disabled list. (STEVE NESIUS/Reuters)
TORONTO - Adam Lind is getting better: He was able to get into his pants Tuesday without dialing 911 for assistance.
“(Monday) I could walk but it wasn’t pretty. Today I can and I think I’m almost symmetric; straight up and down. I’m getting better,” Lind said Tuesday, prior to the Jays’ series opener against Boston.
How close Lind is to getting back into a Blue Jays uniform is another matter. He is being treated for back spasms with acupuncture, massage and medication but now has missed three games.
The club was plotting whether to put him on the disabled list. That would allow manager John Farrell to call up a replacement from the minors to help a depleted bench that consisted of only catcher Jose Molina and rookie infielder/DH David Cooper.
“It’s hard to answer,” said Lind, when asked how long he would be out. “Maybe after Thursday I’ll be good to go.”
He doesn’t want to go on the disabled list because that would mean missing another 12 days. He doesn’t believe he’ll need that long. Farrell evidently isn’t as certain — and, he has to think not only of Lind but the team’s ability to field a lineup.
“Given where we are with the roster,” Farrell said, “(and to) give him ample time to take care of this without daily pressures,” the club may yet have to consider the DL.
Toronto was outscored 28-14 in the four games against Detroit and the offence missed Lind, who leads the AL with 27 RBI. They could try to find help by recalling Travis Snider from triple-A Las Vegas. He is hitting .425 (17 for 40) in 12 games there. Then there is 2010 R. Howard Webster Award winner, Eric Thames. The right fielder is hitting .349 with six homers in 31 games.
David Eckstein is but a blip on the club’s all-time’ roster but he may yet prove more valuable in absence then he was actually being a Blue Jay. Right-hander Chad Beck, acquired for Eckstein in 2008, is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his first season at double-A New Hampshire.