10/01/09 1:44 AM ET
Sore right elbow sidelines Lind
Slugger still feeling sore after getting plunked by Papelbon
By John Barone / MLB.com
Less than 24 hours after clocking a career-best three home runs in an 8-7 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Blue Jays slugger was not in the starting lineup Wednesday, still feeling the effects of a hit-by-pitch on his right elbow from Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday.
X-rays taken late Tuesday night came back negative, but manager Cito Gaston said the designated hitter/left fielder is still sore and could miss "a couple of days."
"Hopefully he'll be able to play Friday," Gaston said. "Maybe get some of that swelling out of there."
Lind, who had homered in his first three at-bats Tuesday before strolling to the plate in the ninth inning against the Boston flamethrower, said after the game that he did not believe Papelbon -- who apologized to Lind twice after the plunking -- hit him intentionally.
Gaston begged to differ, going so far as to call for Papelbon's ejection.
"I thought [home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa] should have run him," Gaston said. "That's what I thought. He chose not to, but that's what I was trying to get him to do. He didn't do it. It's still his call."
In what might be considered as retaliation, Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay drilled David Ortiz on his right elbow with the first pitch of the second inning on Wednesday. A grinning Ortiz just smiled out at Halladay while home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro issued warnings to both clubs.
If there was any intent behind the pitch from Halladay, he wasn't letting on.
"Just got away from me," Halladay said after the Jays' 12-0 rout of the Sox. "It's an unfortunate part of the game. You don't ever want to see anybody get hurt, but sometimes those things happen, and you move on."
Still, Halladay's teammates appreciated the gesture.
"I guess it must have slipped," Lind quipped.
"You appreciate that you're protected," infielder John McDonald said. "It's good. It's the way the game's been played for a long time."
Gaston said Halladay wasn't trying to get revenge.
"I don't think he was trying to hit him," said Gaston. "Wasn't trying to hit him."
The school of thought that a player who hits a home run -- or the player's teammates, for that matter -- should be purposely drilled later in the game does not sit well with Gaston.
"I've never liked any of that stuff," Gaston said. "When I played, if the guy in front of me hit a home run, I got hit. I always said to the pitchers, 'Hey, if I strike out three times, on that fourth time, if you strike me out again, can I throw my bat at you?' That's the same kind of rule. If you're striking me out, it's OK, but as soon as I hit a couple of home runs off you, you want to throw at me? So if I can turn and throw my bat at you every time you strike me out, then you can throw at me. I don't think there should be any sort of rule. If they hit a home run off you, that's it. Just live with it.
"I don't understand why if you make a mistake, now you're going to hit me."
Making matters worse, the Jays are already without shortstop Marco Scutaro (right heel) and third baseman Edwin Encarnacion (left groin), both of whom are day-to-day with their respective ailments.
New to Toronto's list of walking wounded is center fielder Vernon Wells, who started Wednesday despite suffering from a bruised finger on his right (throwing) hand.
With just three games remaining on the Jays' 2009, health is of the utmost importance for Toronto at this point in the season.
"We're hurting," Gaston said. "Hopefully we get through [Wednesday] and this weekend without guys getting hurt."
John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.