Bautista returns after birth of his daughter

Bautista returns after birth of his daughter

TORONTO -- Right fielder Jose Bautista returned to the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday night after missing the past three games due to the birth of his daughter.

"It has been definitely one of the happiest moments of my life," Bautista said. "The first couple of days I didn't get much sleep, but the last two days have been alright. The bottom line is I'm here, I'm ready to go, and [start winning] more games."

The Blue Jays listed Bautista as being absent against the Athletics for personal reasons. Bautista preferred the real reason be kept a secret because he felt it was a private matter.

It was also the main reason he didn't want to get into a lot of details with reporters prior to the series against the Angels.

"I just like to keep family matters private, as I think everybody should," Bautista said. "That's just my personal preference, so I'm going to try and remain with the same attitude and with the same idea, so I won't talk much about it.

"But, bottom line, if anybody's concerned, everybody is healthy and everybody's happy."

Toronto went 2-1 with Bautista out of the lineup. His presence will be a welcome addition to Toronto's batting order, though, as Bautista entered Friday night hitting .455 with two home runs in three games.