Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista Injury Gives Top Prospect Anthony Gose a Chance

Jon Reid@@JonReidCSMCorrespondent IIJuly 18, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 15: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a double in the 8th inning during MLB game action against the Cleveland Indians on July 15, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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It's a sight that has, unfortunately, become quite familiar for the Toronto Blue Jays and their fans.

Yet another integral part of their squad has fallen victim to the injury bug.

After pitchers Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison and Luis Perez all worked their way onto the disabled list (with two of those hurlers now requiring Tommy John surgery), the Jays were dealt another huge blow on Monday night.

Superstar slugger Jose Bautista hurt himself after launching a David Robertson pitch into the stands. To top it all off, the ball ended up in foul territory, meaning Bautista hurt himself for nothing.

If there's a silver lining for the Blue Jays and their fans, however, it's that they now have the chance to (finally) assess what they've got in highly touted outfield prospect Anthony Gose.

According to CBS Sports, Gose has officially been called up.

With Travis d'Arnaud injured at the moment, an argument can be made that Gose is Toronto's top prospect currently playing ball.

While he's shown flashes of brilliance this season with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, Gose has had his troubles in the minor leagues and has shown a propensity to strike out far too often.

Now, after years of waiting, the Blue Jays will finally have the opportunity to see if Gose has what it takes to compete at the major league level.


Though Gose would have been a shoo-in for one of the extra roster spots in September, bringing him up now for at least two weeks (possibly more if Bautista's injury is worse than originally anticipated) allows the Jays to see him for an extended period of time.

It would also ensure that Gose sees top-tier talent during his entire stay. In September, he'd be seeing many teams that will be throwing young pitchers out there to see what they have on the mound.

I'm not implying that losing Bautista for a few weeks at this point in the season is a good thing; I'm just saying there is still reason for optimism for Blue Jays fans.

With the pitching staff as depleted as it is, the Jays were never making the postseason anyway.

Bautista's injury will also serve as a wake-up call for those who thought the Jays were actually still in the race.