07/30/12 11:21 AM ET
Ailing back sends Lind to disabled list
Toronto's designated hitter, held out of the lineup for the third consecutive game on Sunday afternoon because of tightness in his back, was placed on the list retroactive to Thursday with what the Blue Jays called a mid-back strain.
First baseman David Cooper was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.
The injury is another setback in what has been a frustrating year for Lind. The 29-year-old spent more than a month at Triple-A after a disappointing start to the season, but had since begun to turn things around.
Cooper, 25, was recalled for the second time this season. He is batting .292 with two home runs and six RBIs in 24 games for Toronto. In Las Vegas, the left-handed hitter was batting .314 with 10 home runs, 52 RBIs and a team-leading 27 doubles.
Lind hit .288 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 24 games since being recalled from the Minors, and had made a return to the heart of the Blue Jays' batting order.
"It showed some improvement [on Saturday], but still not to the point of getting back in the lineup," manager John Farrell said Sunday. "Given where we are right now, it's hard to go day to day with leaving just two guys on the bench."
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