After missing three-straight games, concern may be settling in the pits of Blue Jays' fans' stomachs. Jose Bautista is the big bat. The home run hitter. The All-Star. He has missed too many games too early. But rest assured Blue Jays' fans, Bautista will be fine, and he should be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Bautista sprained his right ankle last Thursday and has been resting it ever since. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet says Bautista expects to be ready to re-join the lineup on Tuesday. After three games off, the ankle has healed up well and Bautista is confident about his return.
“Running is what bothers it the most,” Bautista said after an impressive batting practice session that included four home runs in six swings. “When you sprain your ankle, at first it hurts to walk, then when you feel better walking, then running, let alone jumping and all the other things that we’re required to do on the field, it makes no sense to go out there and irritate it, especially with a day off (Monday)."
It's better for Bautista to miss time early. Last year he missed much of the second half with a wrist injury. Bautista ultimately appeared in just 92 games last season because of the wrist injury. The Blue Jays had little chance to compete in 2012, but with Bautista gone, they had almost no chance.
In his 10-year Major League career, Bautista has hit .253/.362/.487. He has found his power over the last few seasons, posting totals of 54 home runs, 43 home runs, and 27 home runs last year. That's the type of power the Blue Jays want to see all year. So if this is the most significant injury Bautista suffers, Toronto will be in good shape.
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