DUNEDIN, FLA. - Adam Lind would like the season to start now, right now.
The Jays DH/first baseman is enjoying a solid spring as he has hit safely in 12 of 14 games and enjoys a .424 average (14-for-33). Of his 14 hits, he has three doubles, one homer (thatís the number he usually hits each spring) and five RBIs.
Of all the regulars in the Blue Jays lineup, Lind has the most to prove and improve on. Last season the left-handed hitter finished the season batting .255 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs in 93 games (321 at-bats). But that doesnít begin to tell the story.
On May 31 Lind was optioned to Las Vegas after batting just .140 in May. Through the opening two months of the season, his average sat a .186 with three homers and 11 RBIs.
Working hard in Las Vegas with Chad Mottola, the new Jays hitting coach, Lind was recalled on June 25. He rebounded by hitting .288 with five homers and 16 RBIs in his next 24 games and seemed to be on his way.
At that point a back sprain knocked him out until Aug. 27. After returning to the lineup he hit .301 with 13 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in his final 35 games.
It is a pivotal season for Lind and his career. He has changed his off-season training program, dumping the muscle-bulking exercises and embracing yoga to enhance his flexibility, breathing and conditioning.