08/26/12 2:25 PM ET
Lind rejoins Blue Jays for Baltimore finale
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
Lind was originally expected to be out for another week, but instead rejoined the big league club for Sunday afternoon's series finale in Baltimore.
The decision was made to move up Lind's timeline in part because fellow first baseman David Cooper was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.
"It's great to be back here," said Lind, who also has been dealing with a lingering back injury. "We have a lot of good guys in the system, but it's nice to be back with the people you really know, the guys you've been with for years.
"It's nice to have purpose and be back here in the big leagues trying to win as many games as we can and keep as many teams out of the playoffs as we can right now."
Lind's back injuries have lingered for each of the past two seasons and show no immediate signs of going away. He was placed on the DL July 26 and there was a period of time when Lind wondered if he would ever be able to come back.
The discomfort seemed to fluctuate depending on the day, but Lind was eventually cleared for a rehab assignment. He appeared in three games with Double-A New Hampshire and went 6-for-11 with a solo homer and nine total bases.
For now at least, the back is feeling better, but Lind knows it's something he's going to have to monitor for the rest of the season and likely the rest of his career.
"It will probably be there the rest of my life," Lind said. "So, I just have to maintain it, do all the exercises I'm supposed to do and I think it will be tolerable.
"When I did it last year, they said those things never actually heal. You can only strengthen the muscles around it to protect it. So that's what I've been doing the last year and a half, and sometimes things like this happen."
Lind is expected to see most of his playing time at designated hitter, but will also get some games at first base in place of Edwin Encarnacion. Lind is hitting .227 (45-for-198) with eight homers and 27 RBIs in 58 games this season.
Farrell disappointed in unforced errors
BALTIMORE -- With a list of injured players that seems to be growing by the day, John Farrell knows there will be some growing pains with a relatively young squad.
What Farrell won't accept, though, are mistakes that still remain within the team's control. That's why Farrell spoke out about what he viewed as "sloppy" play on Saturday night after his club's seventh consecutive loss.
A series of defensive miscues in the field led to a pair of unearned runs against right-hander Brandon Morrow and Farrell is looking for everyone on the big league squad -- including himself -- to be more accountable for their quality of play.
"I would say it's under the umbrella of attention to detail and it's not anyone in particular," Farrell said. "There were a number of things last night that showed up that haven't been showing up of late. As much as we're grinding to score some runs and put a win on the board, that's where it adds another layer to the whole stretch that we're going through."
The woes began in the third inning of Saturday night's 8-2 loss to the Orioles. Yunel Escobar made an error on what should have been an inning-ending double play, while the miscues began to pile up later on, as catcher Jeff Mathis committed a throwing error into center field.
Farrell knows some of those things are bound to happen from time to time and made a point of saying he wasn't trying to point the blame at anyone in particular. Instead, he wants the entire team to take accountability for the recent slide and focus on the little things that will help put an end to the recent 5-21 slide.
"Keep in mind, physical errors are going to be made and we're understanding of that," Farrell said. "I'm not excluding myself of this, either. When the statement was made last night, it was collective and I want to be emphatically clear on that.
"You get into a situation when things aren't going your way, you begin to press a little bit, you try to be maybe overly aggressive at times to force some things to happen and that's when the game can get kind of cruel to you ... We're all involved in this and it's not pointing the fingers at those guys between the lines."
Arencibia could return in mid-September
BALTIMORE -- J.P. Arencibia is one step closer to making his return from a fractured right hand.
Arencibia traveled to Florida on Saturday to begin his rehab at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin. He still faces a long road to recovery, but the Blue Jays remain optimistic Arencibia will be back before the end of the year.
"Our timeline is still middle of September sometime as a return to us," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He's in a strengthening phase.
"But still, any time we're talking about guys that have missed a month, it's going to take a little while to get back here. Thankfully, he's making normal progress with the healing and putting a bat in his hand."
The injury affected Arencibia's throwing hand, but it will be hitting that should prove to be the biggest obstacle to overcome. Arencibia will begin with dry swings and hitting off a tee before facing live pitching.
It's a similar rehab to the one Jose Bautista went through for an injured left wrist and the club will take a cautious approach to make sure he doesn't suffer any setbacks.
"One would think, and from just a layman's view, once that bone is healed, then it's just a matter of building some strength and tolerance to the area that is affected," Farrell said.
Arencibia is hitting .242 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs in 81 games this season.