Bautista may begin swinging bat next week

Bautista may begin swinging bat next week

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are optimistic that Jose Bautista will begin swinging a bat sometime early next week.

Bautista, who is on the 15-day disabled list, has been out since spraining his left wrist on July 16 in New York. He is eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 1, but it's too early to know whether Bautista will be ready.

"Improving by the day and yet at this point not ready to put a bat in his hand," manager John Farrell said. "At the extremes of the rotation of the hand, he'll still feel a little bit of the symptoms at the end of the range of motion. We're probably looking at early next week at this point to begin dry swings."

In other injury news, right-hander Brandon Morrow threw a light bullpen session on Friday, and as expected, has been cleared to make his first rehab start for Class A Dunedin on Sunday.

Drew Hutchison threw a light-toss session for the first time since being placed on the 60-day DL in early June with a right elbow injury. He is expected to throw two days on and one day off for the foreseeable future, but there is no timetable for his return to the mound.