BALTIMORE -- First baseman David Cooper was placed on the 15-day disabled list after Saturday night's game because of soreness in his upper-back area.

The move came after Cooper was unavailable for the third consecutive game because of lingering discomfort. The Blue Jays were hoping to be patient with him, but with only two healthy bodies on the bench the club could only afford to wait for so long.

The decision to deactivate Cooper meant Adam Lind was reinstated from the DL a little earlier than previously anticipated. It was a move that wasn't announced until after Toronto's 8-2 loss to the Orioles on Saturday night, but something manager John Farrell saw coming earlier in the day.

"We're getting closer to it, and we'll monitor David throughout the course of the night and how he responds to treatment," Farrell said prior to the game. "The possibility of a DL is getting stronger by the hour.

"We have three guys on the bench, and there's two that are eligible because of David's situation and that's almost unfair to the rest of the guys in uniform, if a situation in a game arises. We need a full complement of 25 guys healthy, on a roster, we're moving closer to returning Adam if there's no improvement with David."

Lind made his third appearance for Double-A New Hampshire on Saturday night. He went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk, while taking on defensive responsibilities for the first time since being placed on the DL July 26.

The 29-year-old Lind is hitting .227 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 58 games this season.

Rasmus doesn't start on Saturday

BALTIMORE -- Colby Rasmus was held out of the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday night as the club looked to give him a mental and physical break, but ended up entering in the third inning when Jose Bautista was removed from the game.

Rasmus has managed to record just one hit in his past eight games while dealing with a lingering groin injury. He was given the day off on Saturday night, and likely will receive another break on Sunday before the club travels to New York for the start of a three-game series.

"We did the same thing back in June, gave him a couple of days down to kind of get his legs back underneath him, gave him a little bit of a breather," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Given the time he has come back from the groin issue, he's been grinding, he has been working on a number of things in the cage, in BP, and yet he still hasn't found his stroke.

"I think we both agreed that a couple of days of taking a breather and then be ready to go when we get into New York."

Rasmus' break earlier in the year was designed to help overhaul his mechanics at the plate. When he eventually returned, the native of Savannah, Ga., had altered his approach by moving up in the batter's box and closer to the plate.

That type of drastic change isn't expected to take place this time around, but the hope is that a mental break will help clear Rasmus' head and also enable him to completely get over the previous injury woes. Teams have recently been attacking Rasmus with fastballs up and in, and he'll need to make the counter adjustment to get back on track.

"As we know, when seven o'clock rolls around is when it matters most, and they've had some individual problems keeping consistent swings, keeping a consistent approach that would lead to a steady, productive player," Farrell said of Rasmus and second baseman Kelly Johnson, who also has been struggling.

"As we've seen, both have been able to do at various times throughout the course of this year. We need both of them for us to have a balanced attack, and a balanced lineup, and production up and down the lineup, but right now feel like it's best for Colby to take that breather."

Rasmus is hitting .233 with 20 homers and 66 RBIs in 118 games this season. He also has a .726 OPS and 44 extra-base hits.