Jays Watch: Lind denies K.C. stare

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

TORONTO - Adam Lind said he wasn’t staring into the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday after Jose Bautista was walked intentionally and Lind responded with a grand slam.

“I wouldn’t do that, maybe you get a little insulted or use it as motivation when they walk someone to get to you,” Lind said. “But no way would I ever stare into their dugout.

“Maybe I was looking at Gibby.”

Former Jays manager John Gibbons is now the bench coach with the Royals.

Escobar rests

Yunel Escobar remained on the bench after bruising his left quad sliding into second, Tuesday in K.C. Escobar took ground balls at short Friday, but his range is not 100%.

“That he was able to get on the field today and take some ground balls was a fairly large step forward,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “Yet when he ranges to his glove side, there’s still some restriction there. He’s optimistic, but yet doesn’t feel ready.”

While Mike McCoy started at short Friday, Escobar could play Saturday.

With John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list and the Jays going with an extra reliever, manager John Farrell has two healthy bodies on the bench in Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Molina, up from earlier this month when he had only one healthy replacement.

“We went through times like this when I was with the Red Sox,” Farrell said. “The difference was in Boston we were getting seven or eight innings every time out from our starters.”

Only Ricky Romero has been an inning eater at this stage.

Injury report: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia was back in the Red Sox lineup after being diagnosed with a bone bruise on his right knee.

Uneasy swing: Asked about Aaron Hill’s efforts at the plate, Farrell said his second baseman has been driving the ball “when relaxed.”

Shouldn’t Hill, the senior Jay in terms of service time, be relaxed now in his seventh season?

“Regardless of your time in the majors, the ebb and flow of a season, the constant strive for perfection and personal expectations can lead to stress,” Farrell said.

Hitting coach Dwayne Murphy has been working with Hill to eliminate the number of pop ups.

“Any time adjustments are made, if results don’t follow, a player will go to his old ways,” Farrell said.

Signed: Toronto third baseman Jalen Harris, a 41st rounder, was signed by Milwaukee Brewers scout Jay Lapp Thursday night. Harris played for the Canadian Junior National Team and spent this spring with the Victoria Mariners on the west coast.


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