The Toronto Blue Jays, 19 games back in the AL East, have decided it is better to use discretion and live to fight another day. According to their official Twitter feed, they are shutting down the 2-time AL Home Run champion Jose Bautista for the remainder of 2013. Official notification via this Twitter status:
Bautista shut down for rest of season with femur bone bruise. Will be 100 pct for spring training
— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) September 4, 2013
The unfortunate stale end to what was supposed to be a breakthrough season for the JaysCredit: USA Today Sports/John E. Sokolowski
Bautista last played on August 20th, suffering a left hip injury that sidelined him indefinitely, now complicated by a left femur (thigh) that seems to be the straw the broke the Blue Jays backs. According to Tyler Emerick of MLB.com, Bautista is comfortable with the decision:
“It’s been healing really nice with good progression, but we’d only have a handful of games left so he recommended we shut it down,” Bautista said. “It’s not exactly how I wanted to end the season, but there’s not much you can do once you have an injury. I have no choice but to follow the doctor’s recommendation. It’s the timing of it, and obviously the fact that we’re not in contention plays a little bit into the decision making. It’s a combination of all those things.”
Besides his on-field popularity, he is also a Twitter superstar (@joeybats19), boasting more than 400,000 followers, while also following over 80,000 accounts (including our Blog’s Twitter, @rbts_baseball), unusual for an athlete. He’s one of the good guys of the game, and it’s great to think he’ll be healthy and ready to go on Opening Day in 2014.
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