The power resurfaced in a hurry, though, with Bautista homering twice in Toronto's 7-6 victory over the Astros on Sunday afternoon. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thinks at least part of that might be related to his return to right field.
"Unless you've been a [designated hitter] for awhile -- and that's really what your career is -- it's good to get out on the field," Gibbons said. "Play defense, take your mind off [things] instead of sitting in the dugout, sitting up there watching video. I think that's helped him.
"He's feeling better, he's more in his comfort zone. But it was just a matter of time. That wasn't going to last. But, yeah, I think being out on the field is a big part of it."
Bautista made his return to right field against the Nationals on Tuesday. He spent the previous six weeks as the club's DH because a sore shoulder prevented him from throwing a baseball. The time away from right wasn't ideal, but it did allow him to remain in the lineup. The club hopes the injury concerns are a thing of the past.
The Dominican native went 3-for-4 against the Astros in the series finale. He's now riding an 11-game hitting streak, which is one shy of a career high set in 2007. It was the 24th multi-homer game of Bautista's career and his first this year.
Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.