Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is recovering
well from wrist surgery, as he’s swinging a bat at full strength and is ready
to go for the 2013 season, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Jose Bautista told us his wrist is doing great & he is swinging at full strength w/o pain...said ready to go...#SXM
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 4, 2013
Bautista underwent surgery on his wrist in September to repair a tendon sheath. He’s recovered to the point where he actually requested
to play winter ball. While the Blue Jays shut the door on that discussion, they
haven’t ruled out the possibility of him playing for the Dominican Republic in the
World Baseball Classic.
Even with their myriad of offseason additions, the Blue Jays
will continue to depend on Bautista to be a force in the middle of their
lineup. The 32-year-old hit .241/.358/.527 with 14 doubles and 27 home runs over
332 at-bats during an injury-plagued 2012 season.
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