Encarnacion, Lind continue recovery process

Encarnacion, Lind continue recovery process

HOUSTON -- Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind continue to show signs of progression in their recovery from injuries, but the Blue Jays still aren't sure when to expect them back in the lineup.

Both players have been out since early July, but neither has a set timeline for their return. Lind has been participating in simulated games at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., while Encarnacion has been limited to taking swings.

Lind would appear to be the closest to returning and while his first games could come at designated hitter, the Blue Jays also want to make sure he's ready to play some first base.

"Lind is moving along really quick," manager John Gibbons said. "I would think he'll start a rehab here pretty soon too. I would think maybe next weekend."

Encarnacion appears to be a little further behind after a minor setback last week. He'll eventually progress to simulated games and will then require at least a relatively brief rehab assignment before returning.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.