Tulo, J-Don 'hopefully' returning on homestand

Tulo, J-Don 'hopefully' returning on homestand

NEW YORK -- Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki are currently at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., continuing to rehab their injuries. Donaldson has been out since April 13 with right calf soreness while Tulowitzki has been out since April 21 with a strained right hamstring.

Neither player has a specific timetable for his return, but Toronto should have a better idea this weekend when the club travels to Florida for a weekend series vs. the Rays. There's a chance they will return for a homestand series vs. Cleveland, which starts Monday, but nobody really knows for sure.

"I couldn't tell you when they're going to play," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Hopefully next homestand. Hopefully at the beginning of the homestand, but that's just guessing. Guessing and hoping."

The Blue Jays have decided not to add another starting pitcher for this weekend's series vs. the Rays and instead will wait until the next homestand before making a move.

Gibbons being more vocal

Gibbons is not the type of manager who likes to give rousing speeches to his team. His preference is to let a veteran team police itself inside the clubhouse, and he has been known to give his players a lot of freedom in how they go about their day-to-day work.

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That's still the case this season, but according to Jose Bautista his manager also has adjusted his approach. Bautista went on MLB Network Radio following a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night and said that Gibbons has been more vocal with the team this year than ever before.

Bautista said Gibbons has been "really communicating to us to keep grinding it out, he loves to use that word, and he really understands us as a group, so he doesn't get into too much detail. He doesn't do long speeches, but he seems to find a way to calm us down and make sure that we feel confident that he understands."

Gibbons was asked about those comments the following day and said that he just wants his players to stay the course. Gibbons used Ryan Goins, who hit three balls during Monday's game that all had exit velocities of 102 mph or above yet only finished with one hit, as an example. Such a performance could lead to some frustration, but the message is clear: Trust the process and grind through.

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"I've been with this particular group and they've been very successful the last two years," Gibbons said. "I know what makes them tick. I know what they're made of, and one thing about this group, they never panic. They never tuck in their tail or anything like that.

"They get frustrated, but they never shut down. I've heard some comments along the way, 'Well they look flat.' Well, you know what? Generally in this sport, if the pitcher on the other side is good, everybody looks flat. That's just the way it is."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. 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.