Bautista returns to Blue Jays lineup as DH
TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is back in the lineup at designated hitter for Monday's game against Philadelphia after missing the previous three because of a sore right thigh.
Bautista left in the sixth inning against Baltimore on Thursday after reaching base in his first four plate appearances. A six-time All Star, he is hitting .234 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs.
Edwin Encarnacion, who homered three times in six plate appearances on Friday and Saturday, is not in the lineup Monday.
Also Monday, the Blue Jays selected the contract left-hander Scott Diamond from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte to Triple-A.
Diamond was 4-6 with a 3.16 in 12 starts at Triple-A. The Canadian pitched for Minnesota from 2011-13.
Franklin Morales (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Diamond on the 40-man roster.