Jose Bautista, the league leader in home runs, had to leave the Blue Jays’ game against the Yankees in the
top of the eighth inning. According to Matt Snyder of CBS Sports, Bautista left the game after swinging a fouling off a pitch. He fell to the ground in pain, was evaluated by trainers, and was removed from the game. As he left, he was holding his left wrist.
Bautista has 27 home runs on the year, tied with Josh Hamilton of the Rangers. He is hitting .245/.361/.537, good enough for a 137 OPS+. While he may be off his pace from last season in which he put up a 181 OPS+, Bautista has still be a valuable asset for the Blue Jays who are looking to remain competitive in the American League East.
Currently the Jays are 45-45. While that’s only good enough for last place in that division, the Blue Jays have consistently put together seasons of .500 or better. If they are going to get over the hump, they will need Bautista.
There has not been an indication as to the severity of the injury. Once the Blue Jays have had a chance to examine Bautista and release the details, we’ll be sure to relay the information.
Jose Bautista tweeted last night that the X-Rays were negative. He will undergo additional testing though.
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