Posted July 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Blue-jays-bautista-watches
Jose Bautista was worried his injury was worse. The star slugger landed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday but was relieved to learn there's no structural damage in his ailing left wrist. He thinks he could return to Toronto's lineup as soon as he's eligible, though manager John Farrell said it's too early to tell. ''The last thing that we want is to push this to the point of any kind of relapse or the potential for any other damage that might be incurred if he's not fully ready to go,'' Farrell said. ''So we can fully appreciate his eagerness, but we'll monitor this closely daily as we go through at least these first 15 days.'' Bautista left Monday night's loss to the New York Yankees after feeling pain in his wrist on an eighth-inning swing that produced a long foul ball. X-rays were negative and the Blue Jays said the All-Star right fielder had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed inflammation. Bautista called the injury a strain. ''Just as I was finishing my swing, I felt something weird around my wrist, and on the recoil is when I felt sharp pain,'' said Bautista, who had started all 90 games this season before Tuesday night. ''So obviously a little scary at the time. You can't help but think the worst. ''I thought I had torn something or maybe broken my wrist, but that's not the case and I'm happy to know that.'' Bautista wore a brace on his wrist as he answered questions from a pack of reporters in the center of Toronto's clubhouse. ''The only thing that I can think of is I held on with both hands maybe longer than I usually do, and maybe my wrist got turned in a direction that it never gets turned,'' he said. ''That just maybe put too much stress in the area and maybe kind of hyperextended it. ''Just one of those freak things that you can't control or predict. It's just unfortunate that it happened at such an important part of the season and such an important game,'' Bautista added. ''It's going to be tough to sit in the dugout.'' Without their biggest bopper, the Blue Jays fizzled at the plate in a 6-1 loss to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees. Sabathia's successful return from a groin strain overshadowed an encouraging outing by Brett Cecil (2-2) in his sixth major league start of the year. The 26-year-old lefty, demoted to Double-A New Hampshire at the beginning of the season, held the powerful Yankees in check for six innings and retired his final eight batters. He struck out five and walked two. Rafael Soriano entered with the bases loaded and earned his 24th save in 25 attempts when pinch-hitter J.P. Arencibia lined into a game-ending double play. The runner doubled off first base to end it was speedy prospect Anthony Gose, just called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill Bautista's roster spot. Gose made his big league debut as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and got his first career hit on a bunt single back to the mound in the ninth. The ball was tossed into the Toronto dugout to be saved as a souvenir. ''It's a great feeling to get that one out of the way,'' Gose said. ''Whatever it takes to get on base and score runs.'' A left-handed hitter, Gose was expected to start Wednesday against right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Ben Francisco replaced Bautista in the lineup Tuesday against Sabathia (10-3), just activated from the disabled list after missing three weeks. The two-time defending AL home run champion, Bautista was tied for second in the majors with 27 homers. He is batting .244 with 65 RBIs and a .360 on-base percentage. ''His absence will certainly be more of a challenge for us. Anytime you take one of the premier right-handed power hitters in baseball out of the lineup, it's going to create a little bit of a hole,'' Farrell said. ''But much like the injuries we've sustained in our rotation, we haven't used it as an excuse. We haven't allowed that to distract us.'' Bautista won't be able to pick up a bat for a couple of days, but he's already on medication to alleviate the inflammation. Doctors told him he won't make the injury any worse with activity, so his progress will be determined by how much pain he can tolerate. ''When I move it in certain directions, it's pretty tough,'' Bautista said. ''But that's what I've got to try to avoid. That's why I'm wearing a splint, to protect the area, too, from bumping against anything. As long as I don't move it in certain directions, I'm comfortable.'' He can begin full treatment right away, but he can't do any strength exercises at first. ''It's a good and bad news situation,'' Farrell said. ''The bad news is he's going to be lost for some time, but the worst that we feared has been alleviated by the negative X-rays, negative MRIs, in terms of the fact that there's no tear. So at this point we're just going to let the symptoms subside and then gradually bring him back based on his tolerance.'' The 21-year-old Gose played in the Futures Game for top prospects last week in Kansas City and said he was ''shocked'' to get his first call-up to the majors. He said he struck out leading off the game Monday night for Las Vegas and when he returned to the bench, he was told to stay in the dugout. Because of Bautista's injury, his next stop would be Yankee Stadium. ''Strike out and next thing you know you're going to the big leagues,'' Gose said, adding that he had a hard time sleeping on his red-eye flight across the country. ''Exciting, nerve-racking. The feeling's indescribable. ... I still don't know what to think right now.'' But he has a simple plan for his first stint in the big leagues. ''Put the bat on the ball and run fast,'' Gose said. ''From where I started to where I am now, it's night and day.'' Gose was hitting .292 at Las Vegas and leading the Pacific Coast League with 29 stolen bases. He had five homers, 10 triples and 41 RBIs. He was acquired by the Blue Jays from Houston in July 2010 for first baseman Brett Wallace. Farrell said Gose will likely play right field against righties and could be in the leadoff spot Wednesday. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays transferred right-hander Brandon Morrow from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Jose Bautista Injures Left Wrist

Jose Bautista injured his left wrist while swinging a bat on Monday. The AL home run leader pulled up lame after hitting a deep foul ball yesterday, and was taken off the field with team doctors for an X-ray. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the test revealed that Bautista did not fracture his wrist, however, team doctors believe he is dealing with a tendon issue. Bautista is...

Blue Jays place Bautista (wrist) on DL

The Blue Jays placed Jose Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist. Bautista injured his wrist in Monday's game at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays didn't provide detailed results of an MRI exam and the timetable for his return is unknown. Bautista was tied for second in baseball with 27 home runs. Toronto called up 21-year-old outfielder...

Jose Bautista is Placed on the DL

Jose Bautista aka Joey Bats(Photo courtesy of ESPN) The Toronto Blue Jays’ superstar right fielder, Jose Bautista, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation. This is terrible news for the Blue Jays, as Jose Bautista has become a perennial MVP candidate. Bautista finished fourth in the 2010 MVP voting and third in 2011. As of now, Jose Bautista currently...

Blue Jays put Jose Bautista on DL

Jose Bautista has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist and the Toronto Blue Jays have called up outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Las Vegas. In a news release Tuesday, the Blue Jays did not give a timetable for Bautista's return. The All-Star slugger was scheduled for an MRI after leaving Monday night's loss to the New York Yankees...

Blue Jays' Bautista to remain on DL

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is not expected to return immediately when his time on the 15-day disabled list concludes Wednesday. He swung the bat Saturday for the first time since injuring his left wrist Bautista, who led the majors in home runs in both 2010 and 2011, was hurt in the eighth inning of a July 16 game at Yankee Stadium, grabbing his wrist in pain after hitting...

Blue Jays put Bautista on DL, call up OF Gose

Jose Bautista has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist and the Toronto Blue Jays have called up outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Las Vegas. In a news release Tuesday, the Blue Jays did not give a timetable for Bautista's return. The All-Star slugger was scheduled for an MRI after leaving Monday night's loss to the New York Yankees...

Blue Jays basher Bautista to DL

Blue Jays basher Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday thanks to injuring his left wrist against the Bronx Bombers on Monday night. After a slow start to the 2012 campaign, the All-Star outfielder had been on fire since May 16, hitting .277 with 19 homers, 46 RBI and a .388 OBP in that span. Bautista heads to the sidelines with 27 bombs, second-most in the majors this...

New York Yankees: Team details

YANKEE STADIUM 2012 The New York Yankees (57-34) continued their domination yesterday afternoon with a 6-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, completing a three-game sweep of their AL East rivals. The Jays literally left the Bronx limping, as slugger Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-DL with wrist inflammation; and third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a right calf contusion (bad bruise...

Welcome To The Bigs, Kid: Anthony Gose

On Monday Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays left the game after feeling pain in his wrist on an eighth-inning swing that produced a long foul ball. X-rays were negative but an MRI the following day revealed inflammation. At about the same time Anthony Gose a top prospect in the Blue Jays organization was playing for AAA Las Vegas. He was immediately pulled from the game...

Toronto Blue Jays get swept by Yankees

Jose Bautista is on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his left wrist on Monday. The Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their series against the New York Yankees on Monday night with a 6-3 loss. Russell Martin opened the scoring for New York in the bottom of the second inning by hitting a solo home run.  Robinson Cano then made it 2-0 by driving in Alex Rodriguez with a double. The...

Votto, Bautista injured; Halladay, Sabathia return

Joey Votto needs knee surgery, and Jose Bautista is out with a wrist injury. Two of baseball's best hitters were sidelined in a matter of hours Monday, one night before a pair of top pitchers are slated to return to the mound. Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia are both set to come off the disabled list Tuesday - and the way things are shaping up this summer, pennant races all over...

Do the Blue Jays have the most interesting trade chip?

The Toronto Blue Jays are in an odd place right now in the AL East. At 45-45, they're 10.5 games out of the division lead, and that margin is growing daily. However, Toronto just just two games out of the second wild card berth, currently held by the Detroit Tigers. But with Jose Bautista's wrist injury knocking him out of action for at least 15 days (and possibly more...

Jays call up Gose instead of Snider to replace Bautista

Some thought Travis Snider, not Anthony Gose, would get the call up from Class AAA Las Vegas when the Toronto Blue Jays put Jose Bautista on the disabled list with a wrist injury. Among them was Gose himself. "I would have said Travis," Gose said Tuesday before Toronto's 6-1 loss to the New York Yankees. "He has been here, he has worked hard, he's had a...

Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix, July 17, 2012: Injuries to Joey Votto, Jose Bautista and David Ortiz 

After going through a rough stretch Lance Lynn resumed his dominant early season ways in last night's game against the Brewers.  Lynn pitched 7.0 innings of one run ball and rung up 10, although he only came away with a no decision in the Cards win. Miguel Montero and Mark Reynolds had almost identical nights for their respective teams.  Montero went 3-4 with a HR and...

Injury updates: Floyd, Andino, Votto, Bautista and Gardner

Here's a running list of injury updates around the Major Leagues: – The Chicago White Sox placed right handed pitcher Gavin Floyd on the 15-day Disabled List with an elbow injury. He was scratched from his Monday start, and placed on the DL to activate Philip Humber from the DL. – Infielder Robert Andino suffered a strained shoulder and according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.