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.”