Slugger Jose Bautista returns to Blue Jays lineup

TORONTO (AP) " Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and will lead off against San Diego on Monday night.

Catcher Russell Martin, who missed the past three games with a sore left knee, is also back in the lineup as the Blue Jays welcome the Padres to Toronto for the first time.

Outfielder Junior Lake was designated for assignment to make room for Bautista, who's been out since June 16 with a sore left big toe.

A free agent at the end of the season, Bautista is batting .230 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs. He went 1-for-11 in three rehab games at Triple-A Buffalo over the weekend.

Martin twisted his knee last Thursday when he passed out and fell over in the shower following an extended stay in the sauna.

Toronto has made three visits to San Diego but has never hosted the Padres before.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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