Lind sidelined with back pain

Blue Jays veteran receiving treatment; Encarnacion remains in lineup

Lind sidelined with back pain

NEW YORK -- Adam Lind was out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup against the Yankees on Saturday after experiencing back pain.

Lind told manager John Gibbons after Friday night's 5-3 loss to New York that he felt his back locked up. Lind was scheduled to spend Saturday receiving treatment and was not expected to be available at any point during the game.

"Hopefully it's not a long-term thing for him," Gibbons said.

Lind is hitting .321 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 91 games this season for the Blue Jays, who were struggling to score runs during their current seven-game road trip even with Lind in the lineup. Over the first five games of the trip, all losses, the Blue Jays were outscored, 27-10.

John Mayberry Jr. was starting in Lind's place at first base, batting sixth.

Two Blue Jays first basemen -- Lind and Edwin Encarnacion -- have experienced back issues recently, and Gibbons wasn't sure whether regularly playing on the turf at Rogers Centre could have exacerbated the injuries.

"I don't know," Gibbons said. "Over a full season, it's got to take it's toll a little bit."

Worth noting
• An MRI exam on Encarnacion's back revealed some mild inflammation, although the pain was not bad enough to keep him out of Saturday's starting lineup.

Encarnacion's back had been bothering him since the Blue Jays' last series, at Baltimore, but he played on Friday night and homered, and was the designated hitter in Saturday's lineup.

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.