Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 5 hours ago

Manager John Gibbons remains optimistic that Bautista (shoulder) will be able to make his return to right field Monday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

He threw again Thursday and with the Jays a couple days away from beginning a series in a National League park, Bautista needs to be able to play the field in order to be in the lineup Monday. Continue to monitor his status over the weekend.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 3 days ago

Bautista went 3-for-4 with three doubles and five RBI in his return to the lineup in Tuesday's 10-9 victory over the White Sox after missing the past two games.

After watching his batting average dip all the way to .215 as he struggled through shoulder pain, Bautista made his presence felt in a big way in his return to the lineup. The five RBI were his most of the season and this was his third three-hit game of the year. When healthy, Bautista is one of the most dangerous hitters in the game, and he's shown that even with his shoulder injury, he's still been effective in the batter's box.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 3 days ago

Bautista said he believes he will be able to play right field Monday, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.

Bautista, who has been relegated to DH duty of late, said he threw roughly 30 tosses from around 90 feet Tuesday and plans to steadily increase his workload in hopes of returning to play the field next week. The slugger is back in the lineup as the DH Tuesday after sitting out Sunday and Monday.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 3 days ago

Bautista (shoulder), who is back in the lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday, is feeling better and will make throws and take full batting practice before the game, SportsNet's Shi Davidi reports.

It sounds like there is still a chance that Bautista could be ready to play the outfield when the Jays travel to a National League ballpark for a series starting Monday. Either way, he will be able to serve as the designated hitter prior to that series against the Nationals after getting Sunday and Monday off to rest his shoulder.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 3 days ago

Bautista (shoulder) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

Bautista is not yet ready to resume playing in the field, but he will be in the lineup -- as the designated hitter -- for the first time since Saturday. Bautista will hit third in the Blue Jays' batting order against John Danks.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 4 days ago

Bautista (shoulder) said he's aiming to play right field in a week, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Bautista has been relegated to DH duty for nearly a month, but he said he's progressing in his recovery form a shoulder injury, and he received a cortisone shot over the weekend. With the Blue Jays playing in an NL park next Monday, Bautista hopes he'll be ready to return to field work.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 4 days ago

Bautista (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Monday against the White Sox.

This was expected after it was reported Sunday that Bautista received a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder, as it typically takes two-to-three days for that treatment to take effect. Bautista began throwing again last week, but it's still uncertain when he may be cleared to return to right field. He's been limited to DH duty for close to a month now.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 5 days ago

Updating a previous report, Bautista is being held out of Sunday's game against the Mariners after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

Bautista began throwing again last week as he attempts to return to the outfield, but after noticing minimal progress in that regard, the Blue Jays elected to give him the shot. It typically takes 48-to-72 hours for the shot to take effect, so expect Bautista to be on the bench for Monday's series opener against the White Sox as well. The Blue Jays slugger should be ready to resume designated hitter duties at some point during the series, but it's not clear when he might be ready to play the outfield again.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 5 days ago

Bautista isn't in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

It sounds like Bautista is just being rested after going 0-for-5 with three walks over the first two games of the series. Bautista's ailing shoulder is still preventing him from playing right field due to concerns about his ability to throw, but the Blue Jays will continue to use him at designated hitter on a near-everyday basis until his condition improves.

Jose Bautista 1B/CF/RF/DH TOR 6 days ago

Bautista continues to make slow progress with his throwing, SportsNet's Barry Davis reports.

While this does not immediately impact his fantasy value, the Blue Jays will be in Washington for a three-game series starting Jun. 1 and there will not be a designated hitter option for that series. Bautista has one hit in his last four games, dropping his average to .219 on the season. Even with the low batting average, he has been a strong performer in counting stats, sitting at seven home runs, 29 runs and 25 RBI. Monitor his status over the next week as he attempts to prepare to play the outfield in the series against the Nationals.