Jays Watch: Hill, Bautista back Sunday
By Mike Rutsey, Toronto Sun
|The Blue Jays hope to welcome back Jose Bautista (left) and Aaron Hill Sunday for their game against the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre. ( Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP)
Looks like Sunday is going to be the day that marks the returns of second baseman Aaron Hill and right fielder Jose Bautista to the Jays lineup. Hill has been on the disabled list since April 25 with a strained right hamstring while Bautista has missed the past four games due to stiffness in his neck leaving the Jays with just 24 healthy bodies over that time.
“He (Hill) had a good game (Thursday at extended spring training), scored from first twice on a couple of doubles and got hit by a pitch for the second consecutive game,” manager John Farrell said. “He’ll bat leadoff tonight (Friday) and be on his way back.”
While Hill is a sure thing on Sunday, unless he pulls his hammy in his final rehab game, Bautista comes in at about 90%.
“He took some swings, rode the bike and stretched with the team,” Farrell said. “All are encouraging signs. He’s not available for anything today (Friday). On Saturday he’ll take batting practice and possibly be available to pinch hit. We’re optimistic that Sunday we’ll have him back in the lineup in some capacity (probably as the DH).
“By the end of the weekend we could be a whole heck of a lot healthier than we’ve been over the last 10 days.”
Ricky Romero is a definite to start Saturday afternoon. The left-hander had his start pushed back from Thursday due to a mild left oblique strain. “Everything points to a go for him tomorrow (Saturday),” Farrell said. “As of today he’s going tomorrow. There’s nothing that would say he wouldn’t be able to go tomorrow.”
ON THE FARM
Left fielder Travis Snider continues to rake while playing at triple-A Las Vegas. In Thursday’s victory over Reno, Snider went 2-for-4 with one RBI and stole his second base. Since being moved back to Vegas on April 28, Snider has gone 11-for-21 (.524) in six games.
At class-A Dunedin, right-hander Deck McGuire, the Jays’ first-round pick (11th overall) in last year’s draft, allowed four hits in six shutout innings while walking two and striking out seven. In six appearances (five starts), McGuire is 1-2 with a 2.93 ERA.