08/22/2012 07:31 EDT | Updated 10/22/2012 05:12 EDT

Jose Bautista expected to rejoin Blue Jays on Friday at Baltimore

DETROIT - Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista is on track to return to the team Friday.

Manager John Farrell says the slugger had six at-bats Wednesday morning in a simulated game. He'll be in the lineup with Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday before joining the Blue Jays at Baltimore a day later.

Bautista hasn't played since July 16 because of a left wrist injury. He's hitting .244 with 27 homers on the year.

Before Wednesday night's game at Detroit, Toronto put shortstop Yunel Escobar on the paternity list and recalled right-hander Chad Beck from Triple-A Las Vegas.