Right-fielder Jose Bautista reportedly will be in the lineup Thursday for AA New Hampshire and join the Blue Jays in Baltimore in time for Friday’s series opener.
Toronto placed the slugger on the disabled list last month with wrist inflammation after felt pain in his wrist on an eighth-inning swing in a July 16 loss to the hometown New York Yankees.
Bautista has a .244 batting average in 328 at-bats this season along with 27 home runs, second on the team to Edwin Encarnacion’s 32.
First baseman Adam Lind could return the Blue Jays lineup next week for a series against the Yankees at New York.
He will remain with the AA Fisher Cats this weekend since his back problem is a reoccurring injury.
However, Lind’s return could be accelerated because injury fill-in David Cooper has a back injury.
Lind was supposed to play nine games on his rehab assignment and receive 20-25 at-bats before making his way to Toronto, but he might only play four contests.
The 29-year-old is batting just .227 with eight home runs and a .298 on-base percentage in 218 plate appearances this season.
Also on the injury front, starting catcher J.P. Arencibia is preparing to travel to Florida on Sunday to begin rehabilitation on his fractured right hand.
Last week, he changed from a hard cast to a soft cast and is allowed to begin light baseball-related activities.
Arencibia, on the DL since July 25, is expected to rejoin his teammates in early-to-mid September after major league clubs can expand their rosters from 25 to 40 players.
Earlier this week, the Blue Jays shut down Brett Lawrie after the third baseman had a setback in his recovering from an oblique (rib cage) injury.
Manager John Farrell says Lawrie isn't yet to a point where he might need to be shut down for the season. The Langley, B.C., native is hitting .282 with nine home runs, but has been on the DL since Aug. 4.
Farrell also says right-hander Brandon Morrow, who hasn't pitched since June 11 because of a left oblique injury, likely will start Saturday at Baltimore.Suggest a correction