BASEBALL — 25 July 2012

Jose Bautista becomes eligible to come off the disabled list in another week. On Tuesday, the Jays provided some encouraging news in regards to his strained left wrist.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that Bautista had been “making good strides” and that he should be able to swing a bat again “in a couple of days”

“When he went down the night in New York, this has improved quicker than I think we all first envisioned,” said Farrell. “I think once he’s out of the woods, symptom free, that’s when we’ll put a bat in his hands.”

The MRI on Bautista’s wrist came back negative and he expressed interest in coming back to the Toronto lineup when he is scheduled to come off the DL on August 1st.

“It’s all about pain tolerance since there’s no structural damage,” Bautista told reporters July 17. “It’s what it is, a strain, just like tweaking your hamstring or something. As long as you can tolerate the pain, I’m not going to make it any worse unless I do too much, too soon. I’ll let pain dictate what I can do and hopefully two weeks is enough, I’m thinking it will be.”

On Tuesday, injured Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos underwent surgery on his right shoulder. The Blue Jays hope to have him back in time for spring training 2013.

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