Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays is in pain after hurting his wrist swinging the bat during their game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jose Bautista's Wrist Injury Ends His Season

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is back in action after missing more than a month.

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Jose Bautista Returns To Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hurt himself swinging the bat July 16 at Yankee Stadium; the wrist injury had him out for over a month.

Friday night, he returned to action against the Baltimore Orioles, and here’s how much the Jays missed him:

Prior to Bautista’s injury, the Jays were 45-45. Middling, to be sure — and suffering under a raft of injuries to the pitching staff — but still hanging in. They were leading the league in runs scored and ranked second in home runs. With Bautista in the lineup, the Jays hit a combined .253 and scored an average of 4.97 runs per game.

But in 34 games without Bautista, the club hit just .229 — with a woeful .283 on-base percentage — while averaging 3.53 runs per game.

The Jays were still in wild-card contention at the time of Bautista’s injury. Without him, they went 11-23; out of the playoff hunt now, Bautista and the team at least hope to finish the year strong.

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Jose Bautista Having Second MRI On Injured Wrist

Three weeks ago, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hurt his wrist while taking an awkward swing at Yankee Stadium. It wasn’t known at the time how long he’d be out, but things aren’t looking too positive after this report:

Jose Bautista will have another MRI on his injured left wrist to determine the cause of some lingering pain in the area, and the results will help determine a course of action for the Toronto Blue Jays slugger.

Manager John Farrell said as of Tuesday afternoon no appointment was yet scheduled with hand specialist who’s been treating the right-fielder, Dr. Douglas Carlin, although one was expected in the next day or two with his practice in the area.

The Sportsnet article also says Bautista hasn’t picked up a bat since last Wednesday, when the Jays were in Seattle; he had some discomfort while taking some swings then, so he’ll continue to be shut down.

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Wrist Inflammation Sends Jose Bautista To DL

The Toronto Blue Jays have been beset by injuries this season, but up to now, they’ve been limited to the pitching staff.

Unfortunately for the Jays, not only has a position player now hit the DL, but it’s their best position player, Jose Bautista, after he hurt his wrist swinging the bat Monday at Yankee Stadium. He’ll be out at least 15 days:

Anthony Gose was the second-round pick of the Phillies in 2008; he was sent to the Astros as part of the Roy Oswalt deal on July 29, 2010, and that same day to the Blue Jays for Brett Wallace. Since then he’s become a top prospect, hitting .292/.375/.432 with 29 stolen bases for Triple-A Las Vegas this year, and recently appearing in the All-Star Futures Game, where he made an outstanding flat-out diving catch on a ball hit by Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras.

To make room for Gose on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays transferred Brandon Morrow to the 60-day DL.

Gose will be a fine addition to the Blue Jays’ lineup, but it will be tough to replace the bat of Joey Bats.

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