Adam Lind is getting better: He was able to get into his pants Tuesday without dialing 911 for assistance.

"(Monday) I could walk but it wasn't pretty. Today I can and I think I'm almost symmetric; straight up and down. I'm getting better," Lind said Tuesday, prior to the Jays' series opener against Boston.

How close Lind is to getting back into a Blue Jays uniform is another matter. He is being treated for back spasms with acupuncture, massage and medication but now has missed three games.

The club was plotting whether to put him on the disabled list. That would allow manager John Farrell to call up a replacement from the minors to help a depleted bench that consisted of only catcher Jose Molina and rookie infielder/DH David Cooper.