Farrell hopeful Bautista will be back this season

Farrell hopeful Bautista will be back this season

OAKLAND -- Blue Jays manager John Farrell remains hopeful that Jose Bautista will make it back this season, despite the slugger's recent setback.

"We don't feel and I don't think Jose feels his season is over," Farrell said before Sunday's game in Oakland. "But at the same time we don't want to rush something that ends up causing further damage and potentially leads to something else being needed."

Bautista has been out since July 16 with a sprained wrist. He took some swings in Seattle earlier this week, but it did not go as well as hoped, so he stopped.

"He still felt some symptoms particularly when he started to pull his hands in on a ball on the inside part of the plate," Farrell said. "As recommended by the hand specialist, if he feels some discomfort in there, we don't want to push it and risk further setback."

Bautista was hitting .244 with a .360 on-base percentage and 27 homers. The 31-year-old outfielder has led the American League in homers each of the past two seasons.