The Toronto Blue Jays look poised to compete in the American League East in 2013. Part of their plans involve the return of Jose Bautista, and the good news he appears to be right on schedule. In fact, Bautista says his wrist is healed.
According to Chris Toman of MLB.com, Bautista has said his surgically-repaired left wrist is completely healed. Bautista injured the wrist during an at-bat in the second half of last season. He had to undergo surgery in September and missed the rest of the season. The Blue Jays faltered and finished second-to-last in the American League East while Bautista was helplessly watching from the dugout. This season should be different.
With the offseason moves the Blue Jays have made, they look like the early favorite to make the World Series out of the American League. Bautista, if he can return to form, can help them attain that goal. His performances over the last few seasons have made him one of the best hitters in the league.
Last season, Bautista hit .241/.358/.527 with 27 home runs in 92 games. He hit 43 home runs in 2011 and 54 home runs in 2010. It's safe to say he has developed his power stroke later in his career than most. Overall, Bautista is a .253/.362/.486 hitter in nine Major League seasons.
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