MINNEAPOLIS – The Blue Jays won their second game in a row, thumping the Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night but, like Sunday's victory over the Orioles, the win came with a cost.
Adam Lind, who has a history of lower back problems although none recently, was lifted for pinch hitter Josh Thole in the seventh inning after his back tightened on him.
It happened, Lind said, in the fourth inning, although he stayed in the game as the designated hitter and singled and scored in the sixth.
"I was just running to second base after my walk and it grabbed," said Lind.
Lind missed time in 2011 and 2012 with back trouble before embarking on an offseason yoga regimen, meant to loosen his muscles and improve his flexibility, prior to 2013.
Lind avoided the disabled list last season, a stated goal of his when he arrived to spring training. He continued to do yoga this past offseason and enjoys it so much he intends to continue practicing beyond his playing days.
"I hope I feel better (Wednesday,) that would be a miracle," said Lind.
Then, continuing the optimistic trend, he hoped Mother Nature would send some luck his way. Wednesday's wintry forecast suggests the second game of the series could be postponed, creating a doubleheader on Thursday.
"Well hopefully it snows, for me, so that way I don't have to … it's a day off for everybody," said Lind.
Lind's noticeable limp, his difficulty bending over to put on his shoes, his tone of voice and the look on his face belied his attempt to be positive.
He's been down this road before and admitted he's been playing with pain for the last four days. Before Sunday's series finale in Baltimore, Lind was the first baseman in manager John Gibbons' original lineup. By game time, Lind was the designated hitter, replaced by Edwin Encarnacion at first base.
Lind wouldn't speculate on his status when asked whether he's recovered quickly in previous similar instances.
"I'm going to do whatever the trainers want me to do and hopefully in a couple of days I'll be fine," he said.
If Lind is lost for any extended period of time, it would be a blow to the Blue Jays. He's a key part of the middle of the lineup against right-handed starting pitching and is off to a hot start, hitting .324/.465/.500 with one home run, six RBI and nine walks.
The Blue Jays lost infielder Maicer Izturis, likely for the season, in Sunday's 11-3 against the Orioles. He suffered a complete tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee when he slipped on the dugout steps.