TORONTO -- One of the biggest missing pieces from the Blue Jays' lineup is on his way back. Jose Bautista took batting practice on Saturday morning, ramping up his workload before he gets into live game action in Florida next week.
"Today was pretty consistent to a normal BP, which isn't typically full-game speed, but it's pretty close," John Farrell said. "With each successive day of work, either in the cage or now on the field, he's feeling more confident."
With everyone else out on the field, Farrell pitched to the 31-year old slugger, giving him a different vantage point and getting a good sense of Bautista's timing.
Bautista will play a Gulf Coast League game on Monday, and then be with the Class A Dunedin club for the three days following.
The Blue Jays' right fielder hasn't appeared in a game since July 16, when his left wrist gave him trouble, forcing him to the disabled list.