Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette returns from sprained right knee for stretch run

A Toronto Blue Jays offence that has mustered a combined five runs over the past three games will get a jolt Saturday evening with the return of star shortstop Bo Bichette against the visiting New York Mets.

Some wondered if the 22-year-old’s regular season was over when he was placed on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 16 with a Grade 1 sprain in his right knee.

Bichette had singled the previous night to extend his hit streak to nine games, raising his season batting average to .361 with five home runs.

The second-year major leaguer, who missed 27 games, also boasts a .391 on-base percentage in 61 at-bats with 13 runs batted in, four stolen bases and 11 runs scored.

The Blue Jays dropped to 24-20 with a second straight loss on Friday but remain second to the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays in playoff position with 16 games left on the schedule.