03/30/12 7:18 PM ET
Blue Jays expect Lind to return Sunday
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
Lind has been out since Tuesday with tightness in his lower back. He went through batting practice on Friday before being shut down but likely will take part in all drills on Saturday.
"Much better, just doing all the treatments, did everything today for baseball except fielding, and I'll do everything [Saturday], batting practice, everything except the game," Lind said.
"I think they wanted to take it slow, just do hitting today, then mix in hitting and fielding tomorrow."
Lind dealt with lower back problems for the vast majority of the 2011 campaign. He was placed on the disabled list on May 17 and didn't return until June 4.
The native of Indiana was hitting .313 with an OPS of .858 at the time of the injury, but he proceeded to hit just .229 with a .691 OPS the rest of the way.
It's possible the back will become a nagging problem again this season and will need to be constantly monitored, but Lind isn't going to worry about that for now.
"We'll see how it goes," Lind said. "I think there are going to be days when I'm going to need a day off, probably, just from the whole grind of the season, but I'd love to be out there as many games as I can."
Top Minor Leaguers honored by Blue Jays
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays held their annual Minor League Awards ceremony on Friday morning at the Bobby Mattick Training Center.
Toronto president Paul Beeston and general manager Alex Anthopoulos were among those in attendance for the event. The rosters for both Class A Vancouver and Double-A New Hampshire received their championship rings, while shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria received the Tony Fernandez Award for his outstanding work in the field.
The Blue Jays also re-introduced their 2011 R. Howard Webster Awards, which are given to the Most Valuable Player for each Minor League team in the organization.
"It was a fun awards ceremony, had a blast and it was a good time," said catcher and top prospect Travis d'Arnaud, who was named the MVP for New Hampshire.
"I just try to be friendly with everyone, I feel like I've individually met almost everyone here, and it's really nice to have a lot of people behind you and supporting you throughout the game and the course of the season."
The other MVPs were first baseman David Cooper (Triple-A Las Vegas), catcher A.J. Jimenez (Class A Dunedin), outfielder Jake Marisnick (Class A Lansing), left-hander Justin Nicolino (Class A Vancouver), outfielder Chris Hawkins (Bluefield -- rookie advanced), shortstop Jorge Vega-Rosado and left-hander Jairo Labourt (DSL).
Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg was recognized with the Bobby Mattick Award for excellence in player development. Holmberg joined the organization in 1978 and has 24 years as a Minor League manager under his belt.
Igarashi joins Blue Jays in trade with Bucs
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Toronto acquired Japanese right-hander Ryota Igarashi from the Pirates on Friday afternoon in exchange for future cash considerations.
Igarashi spent the 2011 season with the New York Mets and posted a 4.66 ERA in 38 2/3 innings at the big league level. He is expected to provide depth to the bullpen in Triple-A Las Vegas.
The 32-year-old Igarashi split last season between the Major Leagues and Minors. With Triple-A Buffalo, he allowed just three earned runs in 21 games.
Igarashi is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds. His professional career in North America began in 2010, when he signed with St. Louis.