The Toronto Blue Jays were without the services of Jose Bautista yesterday. The slugging third baseman/outfielder was held out of the lineup after experiencing back spasms. The spasms actually began on Sunday night and continued into Monday. The team hopes the rest will allow Bautista to be ready for today's game.
In fact, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com says the Blue Jays expect Bautista back in the lineup. Barring another flare-up of the spasms, Bautista should be ready to go. Bautista is still in the transition phase of playing third base. He moved there when Brett Lawrie was injured, and it seems he will stay there until Jose Reyes comes back.
"I asked him if he thought he overdid it with the ground balls. He said he isn't sure," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He's going to be fine and obviously we've seen him do [the transition to third], we did it two years ago. He was an everyday third baseman with the Pirates, this is just an isolated thing."
Bautista missed a large chunk of last season with a wrist injury. This year, he is hoping to remain healthy and help the Blue Jays live up to the lofty expectations set by most everyone in the baseball world. When Toronto traded for just about everyone that was on Miami's roster last year, the expectation skyrocketed. Unfortunately, Toronto has gotten off to a slow start.
Bautista and his bat can help turn things around. Last season, he hit .241/.358/.527 with 27 home runs in 92 games. He made his third consecutive All-Star Game last year as well. This year, with a full season ahead of him, Bautista can get back on track to put up numbers like he did in 2010 and 2011.
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