Blue Jays hoping Jose Bautista back Tuesday

Jose Bautista could return to the Blue Jays lineup against the Brewers on Tuesday afternoon....

Jose Bautista could return to the Blue Jays lineup against the Brewers on Tuesday afternoon. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

TORONTO - Absence makes the heart grow fonder and that certainly is the case for the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista.

Any team suffers when a big gun goes down and as everybody who follows the Jays knows that right now the team is without two of them — Bautista and Brett Lawrie.

Lawrie will be lost for four to six weeks with a fractured finger while Bautista is on the cusp of returning from his tweaked right hamstring that he suffered a week ago Sunday in Cincinnati.

The star right fielder missed all of the games last week but came off the bench to pinch hit on Sunday — grounding into a fielder’s choice.

After the dispiriting 4-0 loss to the White Sox on Sunday, all eyes turned towards Bautista and his imminent return as the saviour of a foundering ship.

Said Mark Buehrle: “Hopefully, Bautista’s back here in the next couple days to give us kind of a jolt in the lineup.”


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