Bautista rejoins Blue Jays

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 PM ET

Jose Bautista rejoined the Blue Jays on Friday, fresh from a three-day absence due to the birth of his daughter in Tampa.

The Jays went 2-1 in his absence against Oakland but manager John Farrell clearly was pleased to be able to write his name into his lineup card against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

“He’s eager to get back and join us and he’s back in his normal spot in the lineup,” Farrell said. “We’re all glad he’s back there.”

THE HORROR SHOW

It was not a great day for the Jays — as far as results go — who were rehabbing with the Dunedin Jays in their class-A game against Clearwater on Thursday night.

RHP Brandon Morrow, who has been out because of soreness in his right elbow, allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. He also walked one batter and struck out two.

Morrow will make at least one more rehab start before being activated by the Jays.

In the same game, RHP Frank Francisco, who will be the club’s closer when he returns, pitched one inning and allowed two runs on one hit. He also walked a batter.

Francisco is on the DL due to soreness in his right shoulder and stiffness in his right pectoral muscle.

To complete the trifecta, centre fielder Corey Patterson was 0-for-4 with one strikeout. It also was his first rehab game.

Patterson was placed on the DL as a precautionary move after being hit in the back of the head in spring training. His first day of availability is April 10.

The Jays, though, aren’t looking for results at this stage. “They’re healthy and first and foremost, that’s No. 1,” Farrell said. “There are no shortcuts so we’re looking at a minimum of three outings from Frankie. Brandon is set for his second (rehab) start where we’d like to get him up to 70 pitches.”

ALMOST READY

Shortstop Yunel Escobar, who suffered a mild concussion when he slid into the knee of Oakland third baseman Andy LaRoche on Wednesday, may be able to return to the lineup on Sunday, Farrell said.

Escobar underwent exertion tests Friday and passed them with no issues, but as part of the protocol will undergo more tests on Saturday.


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