Bautista to be back in Blue Jays' lineup Sunday

Bautista to be back in Blue Jays' lineup Sunday

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista, hampered by tightness in his right hamstring, was missing from the starting lineup again on Saturday.

Manager John Gibbons gave him another day off as a precautionary measure on what was an unseasonably chilly spring day.

"He's a little better today, but we'll give him another day," explained Gibbons, who added Bautista will be back in the lineup on Sunday when the Blue Jays host the Pirates.

"We don't think this is going to linger too long," the manager added.

Bautista could also play again on Monday when they play split-squad games against the Astros at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and the Tigers in Lakeland, according to Gibbons.

Bautista has played in just one of the Blue Jays' five exhibition games this spring. He has one hit in three plate appearances.

But Gibbons said Saturday he isn't worried about Bautista's lack of work.

"When you can hit, you can hit," Gibbons declared, smiling.

Jim Hawkins is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.