ST. PETERSBURG -- Jose Bautista is expected to resume swinging the bat on Monday after his latest MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of mild inflammation in his left wrist.
Bautista underwent another round of tests on Wednesday after the pain in his wrist didn't subside. He visited a hand specialist in the Tampa area and while some additional rest was recommended, the worst-case scenarios appear to have been ruled out.
"It didn't seem to get worse, it wasn't getting a whole lot better, it somewhat plateaued," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said after his club's 3-2 loss to Tampa on Wednesday night.
"In this case, it kind of reveals what we had anticipated all along. He was just feeling some discomfort in that one same spot, but hopefully with some time down, some additional time, he'll get back into the swing of things. Looking forward to making progress towards an eventual activation."
Bautista hasn't played since suffering the injury during a swing on July 16 in New York. Farrell admitted for the first time on Wednesday that surgery had initially been brought up as a possibility when the incident happened, but so far rest continues to be the recommended course of action.
There was a chance that could have changed following the results of Bautista's latest MRI. A major concern was that swelling affected the test results in New York and that's why a follow-up MRI was scheduled for this week in Tampa Bay.
"The MRI that was taken today shows some improvement," Farrell said. "There's still a little bit of inflammation in that one small spot and as a result, he'll resume hitting drills off the tee, dry swings, on Monday.
"But it was advised by the hand specialist that he gives this another week, which will put him right at the four-week mark once he resumes on Monday. At that point, it still proceeds with his tolerance to any kind of discomfort. This will be a cautious approach and we'll monitor it daily."
Bautista is hitting .244 with 27 home runs and 65 RBIs in 90 games this season. He also has an .894 OPS and 41 extra-base hits in what has been another successful year in the middle of Toronto's batting order.