Bautista (toe) is expected to take over the leadoff spot when he returns from the DL, Mike Wilner of BlueJaysTalk reports. Bautista has been sidelined since June 16 with a turf toe like injury but began a rehab assignment Wednesday and is expected to return to the Blue Jays on Monday. When he does return, he'll be in prime position to score plenty of fantasy points, batting in front of sluggers Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion in the leadoff position. Bautista batted only .230 during the first half but could be due for a monstrous second half if he remains healthy.
Bautista (toe) homered in the first at-bat of his rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Wednesday. The slugger is inching closer to a much-anticipated return, and could be back with the team as early as Monday. Although the competition isn't in the same stratosphere as Bautista, it's still an encouraging sign to see him go deep right out of the gate. News on a potential return should come soon after his next assignment at Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Bautista (toe) will play Wednesday and Friday during his rehab assignment, and could potentially return to the Blue Jays by Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Bautista will play with High-A Dunedin on Wednesday for a couple innings of action before traveling to play with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. If all goes well, the slugger will be back with the big league club for their series against San Diego starting on July 25.
Before being placed on the DL with a toe injury, Bautista hit .230/.360/.455 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 235 at-bats this season. Things haven't gone well for the veteran outfield who will be a free agent this winter. His batting average is a career low for a season with 200-plus at-bats, his strikeout rate is at is highest point in seven year and Bautista's .815 OPS hasn't been worse since 2009, his first full season in Toronto. With a new contract in mind, the 35-year-old will do everything he can to get back on the field as fast as possible, but Bautista is still a few weeks from returning.
Bautista (toe) began hitting off a tee Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Bautista has officially begun baseball activities after resting the last three weeks as he recovers from a "turf toe" like injured suffered on June 16. He's likely still two to three weeks away from a return to the majors but appears to be moving in the right direction.
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