Rehab game for Bautista, Lind rained out

Rehab game for Bautista, Lind rained out

Rehab game for Bautista, Lind rained out
DETROIT -- Jose Bautista and Adam Lind hit a slight bump on their road to recovery on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.

The heart of the Blue Jays' lineup was scheduled to appear in a rehab game for Class A Dunedin, only to have it postponed because of rain.

With more showers on the way for Wednesday, the pair will instead take part in a simulated game before flying to New Hampshire to join the Fisher Cats in Double-A.

"I think, for both guys, just the fact that they're back on the field, they're going to need some at-bats to gain some overall comfort, additional confidence and, obviously, timing at the plate," manager John Farrell said. "We're making progress in those two areas."

It would have been the second rehab game for Bautista and the first for Lind, who has been out with a back injury since July 25. Both are expected to need at least a couple more games before making a return, but the fact that they are getting closer to being ready is welcome news to an injury-riddled squad.

Bautista made his first appearance in a rehab game on Monday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk as designated hitter for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays.

He has been out since spraining his left wrist while swinging a bat during a game against the Yankees on July 16. He is batting .244 with 27 homers and 65 RBIs in 90 games.