Jose Bautista cleared to swing bat

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was cleared to resume swinging a bat after a magnetic resonance imaging test on the right-fielder's left wrist showed improvement.
Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, who still has some inflammation in his left wrist, will take dry swings and hit off a tee on Monday. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

There was some encouraging news from the Toronto Blue Jays’ infirmary Wednesday night.

Slugger Jose Bautista was cleared to resume swinging a bat.

A magnetic resonance imaging test on the right-fielder's ailing left wrist Wednesday showed improvement with inflammation in one small spot.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell told reporters that Bautista will take dry swings and hit off a tee on Monday while his teammates play the second of four games against the Chicago White Sox as part of a 10-game homestand, starting Friday versus the New York Yankees.

Bautista, who has 27 homers and 65 RBIs in 90 games this season, was eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 1. He began to take swings on Aug. 2 but was shut down.

Brett Lawrie, meanwhile, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rib cage injury.

The Langley, B.C., native first hurt himself in a mid-July series at New York but played through the injury until it became unbearable at Oakland over the weekend.

Centre-fielder Colby Rasmus returned from a strained groin in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay and went 2-for-3 with a single and home run off Rays’ starter James Shields.

First baseman Adam Lind (back), catcher J.P. Arencibia (broken right hand) and relief pitcher Jason Frasor (forearm tightness) remain sidelined for Toronto. Brandon Morrow is on a rehab assignment while fellow pitchers Dustin McGowan (elbow), Drew Hutchison (elbow) and Luis Perez (elbow) remain out long-term.