The Toronto Blue Jays are hoping to have Jose Bautista back in the lineup as soon as next weekend.

The slugger took batting practice on the field prior to Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers and manager John Farrell laid out a plan for his return afterwards.

Bautista is scheduled to join the Jays rookie ball team in Dunedin, Fla., on Monday with an eye on making his way back to the big league club for a three-game series that starts Friday in Baltimore.