Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/21/13
Jose Bautista is eyeing an early September return to the lineup after the Toronto Blue Jays placed their all-star slugger on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left hip. The injury sustained an estimated two weeks ago when he pulled up while charging to home plate and planning to slide will require a two-week period of shutdown and treatment. After that he expects to resume baseball activities before getting back on the field. “I’m not expecting to be shut down” Bautista said after a 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees capped a doubleheader sweep that made for a thoroughly miserable day. “From what the doctor said and I have full trust in his diagnosis after the two weeks he expects the bone bruise to be somewhat healed if not completely then after that a couple days of baseball action and I’ll be ready to go.” Bautista who left in the fourth inning of the opener for tests that led to his diagnosis is the 19th different Blue Jays player to land on the disabled list this season joining fellow starting outfielders Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera on the sidelines. The Blue Jays played an outfield of Rajai Davis Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar the rest of the way and manager John Gibbons said the plan was to call up some outfield help. Moises Sierra at triple-A Buffalo is the only other available outfielder on the 40-man roster. Bautista didn’t think his injury was a big deal initially but “it just kept getting worse and worse and worse. It got to the point today that after a day off and taking anti-inflammatories it got to enough pain that I got a little worried.” “Every time I land my leg it’s in a spot where it hurts every single time” he continued adding it didn’t affect him at the plate. “Just taking off or slamming on the breaks it creates enough pain for me not to be performing up to 60 70 per cent of what I can go at. I don’t think I’m doing this team any favours by being out there and not being ready to play.”
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