Jun 26, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind (26) high fives third base coach Luis Rivera (2) after he hit a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
With the way that Adam Lind has been swinging the bat, there has seemingly been very little to slow him down of late.
Unfortunately, one of those things is a balky back.
The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter left Sunday’s game against the Boston Red Sox in the third innings with mild back tightness. According to Lind, the injury occurred while tracking a shallow pop-up into right field of the bat of Ryan Lavarnway.
Already short-handed due to Mark DeRosa being out with a tight neck, the Blue Jays were forced to use Josh Thole at first base in Lind’s stead. That proved costly as Thole made a miscue on a routine ground-ball that allowed the winning run to score on a walk-off error in the bottom of the ninth, costing Toronto the split in the series.
For now, Lind is being listed as day to day and is not expected to be placed on the disabled list, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (via twitter).
That would mean that Lind will miss Monday’s Canada Day game against Detroit. With DeRosa also being held up with an injury, the Blue Jays could be forced to make a roster move simply to keep enough players on the bench, which was already short with the team holding onto an 8-man bullpen.
Prior to the injury, Lind was leading Toronto with a .938 OPS and was enjoying a nice bounce-back season with a .329 average, 11 home runs, and 33 RBI. Those 11 home runs equal his total from 2012. He was also the team’s hottest hitter in June, posting a .354 average, 7 home runs, and 22 RBI.