Rehabbing Bautista begins taking swings

Rehabbing Bautista begins taking swings

TORONTO -- Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista swung a bat on Monday afternoon for the first time since being temporarily shut down on Aug. 1 because of lingering soreness in his left wrist.

Bautista hasn't played since spraining his wrist during a swing in New York on July 16. He began swinging a bat approximately 10 days later but when the ailment didn't improve enough, he was forced to stop and undergo another MRI.

The results showed mild inflammation and another period of rest was recommended before resuming baseball activities. He'll now begin the slow process of getting himself prepared for Major League pitching.

"We're going to go at the pace that his [pain] tolerance allows," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Right now, I don't have an end date or a target date for his return.

"There has been some [improvement], so to what extent that improvement has been realized will be seen here today. Today is just to initiate dry swings with some potential tee work."

Bautista is one of four regulars from the Blue Jays lineup -- Adam Lind, J.P. Arencibia and Brett Lawrie -- who are currently on the disabled list. He is hitting .244 with 27 homers and 65 RBIs in 90 games.