AL BEast Notebook – Feb. 14
A new year is a new beginning, and for teams that endured losing important pieces to injury last season, it can be like trading for an All Star without losing anyone in return. Here are the key players coming back to the AL East that missed significant time in 2012 on the DL and can make a big difference in 2013.
Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista
The Blue Jays were 45-44 on July 16 when Jose Bautista injured his wrist. He played just two games the rest of the season and the Jays floundered down the stretch, going 28-45. Bautista hit 97 home runs in 2010-11 and was on pace for close to 50 again before going down. A wrist injury can impact a batter’s power even a year later but if he can regain that stroke it will a big boost for Canada’s team. After taking batting practice earlier this week he says his wrist feels great following September’s surgery, a good sign for the upcoming season
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