2012 has been a frustrating time to be a Blue Jays fan.
From a slew of injuries to important members of the pitching staff, to the unexpected turn in Ricky Romero's play, to watching a promising young team struggle in the basement of the AL East, it hasn't been fun to watch.
To make matters worse, over the last few months, several big-name position players have gone down with injury.
Initially, the injury seemed harmless but after over a month of rehab, doctors told Bautista he required season-ending surgery.
The big question for Jays fans is whether or not the injury is something to worry about. Will Bautista be ready in time for spring training? Will he be able to maintain his bat speed, something crucial to his success? Will he recede back into a utility bench player, or continue to post All-Star stat lines?
Either way, GM Alex Anthopoulos has some decisions to make heading into the offseason.
Here's a look at the options he has regarding Bautista's injury.