Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 day ago

Bautista will continue to be the team's leadoff hitter for the foreseeable future, and second baseman Devon Travis will hit toward the bottom of the lineup, the Toronto Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Travis, the young, fast, more traditional pick for the role, has also been good when given the chance, batting .311 in 23 games at the leadoff spot. However, manager John Gibbons thinks having the Jays' big bats -- Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion -- staring down the opposing pitcher right away might make things a little uncomfortable out on the mound. "A lot of times with guys you're facing, a lot of pitchers have trouble in the first inning finding that rhythm or whatever you wanna call it," Gibbons said. "So you wanna capitalize on that." Although hitting first may reduce his opportunities to tally RBI, Bautista will see an increase in at-bats and likely score more runs from the top spot.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 days ago

Bautista went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in Monday's game against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista (knee) has been steadily producing since returning on Aug. 25 from his second stint on DL this season. The outfielder has hit safely in four of his first five games back, going 7-for-22 (.318) with four extra-base hits, three RBI and six runs scored during that stretch. Although he manned right field Monday, manager John Gibbons has already made clear that Bautista will fill the DH role more often than not in order to keep the slugger healthy the rest of the way.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 days ago

Bautista went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

it was his first three-hit game of the season but Bautista has been swinging a hot stick since coming off the DL four games ago, hitting .353 (6-for-17) with two walks, three doubles and five runs scored. Hitting in the leadoff spot will limit his RBI opportunities, but with Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion slugging behind him Bautista should continue to cross the plate frequently.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
6 days ago

Bautista (knee) was officially activated off the DL on Thursday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista will lead off in his first game back, but in an effort to take some of the pressure off his left knee, he'll be held out of the field and deployed as the DH on Thursday. The club figures to continue down this path in the short term, going with a combination of Michael Saunders and Ezequiel Carrera in right field, but Bautista's bat will likely remain in the lineup most nights. Ryan Goins was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding roster move.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 week ago

Bautista will play a simulated game on Wednesday, and the decision about his pending activation from the disabled list, expected to happen Thursday, will be made afterwards, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista is still on track for a Thursday return, but manager John Gibbons wants to make sure he's ready. Also of note, Gibons said Bautista will spend more time at DH in order to ease the pressure on his left knee. There will likely be more updates on Bautista's status once he's completed his simulated game.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 week ago

Bautista (knee) will likely be activated from the DL on Thursday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Toronto had thought that Bautista may need a rehab assignment, but his performance in recent workouts has the team confident that he'll be able to return as soon as he's eligible. Upon his activation, the Blue Jays plan to protect his knee and use him as their designated hitter, rather than have him immediately return to right field.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
1 week ago

Bautista (knee) will likely head out on a rehab assignment this week, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Thursday, and it appears the Blue Jays want him to see some game action before adding back to the roster. Barring any setbacks over the next few days, he will likely rejoin the big club later this week.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
2 weeks ago

Bautista (left knee sprain) is feeling better, according to manager John Gibbons, and has an "outside shot" of returning on his first day of eligibility Aug. 25, Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista has been out since August 10, but it looks like he'll be back in time for the fantasy playoff run. The veteran has had a disappointing season, much of which has to due with making two stops on the DL after staying injury-free in his last two campaigns. Over the past three seasons, Bautista has been a strong finisher, posting a .271/.382/.560 slash line post All-Star break. However, the time off may impact this trend as the 35-year-old will likely need some time to get back into a rhythm.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Bautista (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

It had seemed likely that Bautista would be headed to the DL, and that suspicion was confirmed after he was diagnosed with a knee sprain. The team has yet to indicate the timeframe for Bautista's rehab process, but a return before the beginning of September seems highly unlikely. During his absence, Junior Lake will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

Jose Bautista
RF/DH TOR
3 weeks ago

Bautista hurt his left knee Tuesday night and may be headed to the 15-day DL, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Apparently, Bautista caught his spike on the infamous turf at Rogers Centre and is hurt again just a little over two weeks after his return from a toe injury. He was sent for an MRI on the knee and the Blue Jays are awaiting the results, but it seems they are preparing for the worst as a DL stint is already being discussed. Michael Saunders is manning right field Wednesday with Darwin Barney in left against Rays lefty Blake Snell.