TORONTO - While right fielder Jose Bautista is done for the season and will undergo wrist surgery in Cleveland on Tuesday, a number of other injured Blue Jays are slowly making their way back to the club.
They included reliever Jason Frasor, who has been out since July 17 with a strained right forearm, and catcher J.P. Arencibia, who went on the disabled list July 26 with a broken right hand.
Frasor was throwing in a game with class-A Dunedin on Thursday.
"It's likely that he'll come to us after this outing," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Every throwing session he's had has been a positive one. He's bounced back and he feels good about himself physically."
Frasor should return on Saturday when the rosters get expanded Sept. 1.
What about Arencibia?
"We don't have a definitive date upon his return but he's making solid progress," Farrell said. "I would expect it's closer to the 10th of September when he would be ready to return to us."
What kind of baseball activities is he performing right now?
"He's hitting off a tee, starting to take some soft toss," Farrell said. "He's getting some body of work as far as catching just off a machine just to start to get his legs back in shape until he's ready to catch some games.
"We want him to come back ready to catch. We've got enough guys right now that are filling the DH spot."
It has been a grim two months for the Jays what with all their injuries and losses, but Farrell has managed to maintain his sense of humour.
When asked if there is a possibility that when the roster gets expanded on Saturday the callups could include players that haven't been called up previously this season, Farrell replied: "You've seen 53, I don't know if our depth chart goes much deeper right now," he dead-panned. "At this point, those who are coming back have probably been here already."
The nature of the callups?
"We'd like to get a third catcher for sure," Farrell said. "That's a common. When you add three or four pitchers to the group that's already here, a third catcher is commonplace."
LYON THE LION
Reliever Brandon Lyon doesn't have a reputation of being a strikeout pitcher but since he was re-acquired in the trade with the Houston Astros he has been a machine. In 16 appearances with the Jays, over 15 1/3 innings, Lyon has 24 strikeouts against just two walks.
"He's a reliever that's got four pitches," Farrell said. "He's done a great job of locating his cutter down and away from right-handers. His curveball, he has ways to attack both lefties and righties.
"It's (strikeouts) not because he's gained velocity or is throwing the ball by guys.
"He's used his breaking ball to both sides of the plate. As guys get older and come back from surgeries, they become so much more aware of what hitters are doing against them."