• Although the Blue Jays announced they were shutting down Bautista, the club wasn't ready to do the same for Colby Rasmus, who is still rehabbing an oblique injury in Florida.
"Progress, but he's not ready yet," Gibbons said. "Those injuries can take a while and there's not a lot of games left anyways, so we'll play it by ear."
• Called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, reliever Jeremy Jeffress is hoping to turn some heads in September. The right-hander has been known to light up the radar gun but also to struggle with his command.
"We've always liked his arm, everybody's liked his arm," Gibbons said. "It was just a matter of putting it together. We made some mechanical adjustments. He dropped his arm slot just a little bit, figured that might help with his command. All the indications and reports have said he has been throwing well, especially the last month. You don't come across those arms very often, so we want to know what we have.
Jeffress allowed singles to the only two batters he faced in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in 10 innings, the later being Willie Bloomquist's walk-off single on a 100-mph fastball.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.