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Jose Bautista takes batting practice, nears activation

Aug 16, 2012, 10:27 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg Reuters

Jose Bautista is finally making steady progress in his rehabilitation from left wrist inflammation.

According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the slugger was able to take live batting practice off Blue Jays manager John Farrell on Thursday at Rogers Centre in Toronto and is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week.

Bautista will spend Friday in recovery mode before participating in normal pregame workouts with his teammates on Saturday and Sunday. If he’s still feeling strong at that point, he should get clearance to head to one of the Blue Jays’ minor league affiliates on Monday or Tuesday.

“Joey Bats” has been out of commission since mid-July. He has an .894 OPS and 27 homers this season.

  1. jaysjunkie - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Finally. Until he goes for a long stretch without any problems, though, I’m gonna be holding my breath now every time he takes a rip.

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