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Back tightness could force Lind to miss time

MINNEAPOLIS -- Adam Lind is considered day to day with a lower-back injury, but it appears possible his condition will eventually need an extended period of time off.

Lind felt his back tighten up during the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 9-3 win over the Twins. It's something that had been bothering him for the past several days but became more severe in the series opener in Minnesota.

The hope is that Lind will feel better within the next couple of days, but history suggests it could take a lot longer than that for his back to properly heal.

"I hope I feel better tomorrow, but that would be a miracle," Lind said.

Lind was in a noticeable amount of discomfort after the game. He was walking around very gingerly and appeared to have very little -- if any -- movement in his lower back. That won't be encouraging news for a team that is already without the services of Jose Reyes, Casey Janssen and Colby Rasmus.

This type of situation is unfortunately very familiar for the designated hitter. He compared the soreness to what he went through in 2011-12, and during both of those years he required a lengthy stint on the disabled list and missed a total of 52 games.

"The team was playing good, it was hard to watch the last few innings," a downcast Lind said afterward.

Lind is hitting .324 (11-for-34) with a home run, six RBIs and nine walks in 13 games this season. He recently moved up in the batting order and was hitting in the cleanup spot between Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

If Lind requires a stint on the disabled list, the Blue Jays likely would purchase the contract of either Dan Johnson or Juan Francisco from Triple-A Buffalo.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.
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