Jose Bautista Injury: Updates on Blue Jays Star's Leg and Return

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Jose Bautista Injury: Updates on Blue Jays Star's Leg and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, July 1

Scott MacArthur of TSN has the latest on Bautista's return:

Updates from Saturday, June 28

MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm has the latest on Bautista's status:

The Blue Jays hope to have Jose Bautista back in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener vs. Milwaukee.

Bautista, who has a strained hamstring, went through a series of running drills prior to Saturday afternoon's game against the White Sox. There's a slight chance he could play Sunday, but with an off-day coming on Monday it's likely that the club will wait an additional couple of days.

Updates from Thursday, June 26

Mike Johnston of sportsnet.ca has the latest outlook for when star slugger Jose Bautista will return to the Blue Jays' lineup: 

Jose Bautista is dealing with a minor strain in his left hamstring, but manager John Gibbons says he expects his star slugger to return to the lineup against the White Sox, though not as a starter right away.

“I don’t think you’ll see him in the lineup as a DH, but I think he could come in and pinch hit,” Gibbons told Baseball Central on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “Hopefully this weekend he’s definitely back in the [starting] lineup.”

Updates from Wednesday, June 25

The Blue Jays confirm Jose Bautista remains out of the lineup:

Updates from Monday, June 23

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet confirmed that Jose Bautista is sitting for Monday night's game:

Manager John Gibbons later spoke on Bautista's status going forward (via Davidi and Scott MacArthur of TSN):

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Jose Bautista is putting together yet another spectacular season with the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately, the right fielder suffered a leg injury against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday that could sideline him for at least a brief period of time.

Scott MacArthur of TSN provides details on the injury for the four-time All-Star:  

Bautista sustained on a surprising bunt attempt as he tried to leg out a single. Barry Davis of Sportsnet and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com broke down the play:

Bautista was just one of a long line of notable players who went down in the contest, including teammate Brett Lawrie. Jeff Wallner of Sports Xchange notes the multiple injuries on Sunday:

Can the Blue Jays continue winning if Bautista misses time?

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Bautista came into Sunday's contest with the Reds with a .303 average, 15 home runs, 49 RBI and an American League-leading .432 on-base percentage. The 33-year-old has shown patience at the plate this season, leading Toronto with 59 walks.

Thanks to his great season thus far in right field, Bautista could be the top vote-getter for the second time in his career for the All-Star Game. He spoke about the support on MTV2's show Off the Bat, per Mark Newman of MLB.com:

It doesn't matter how often or how long it has been happening. Getting support from the fans is always something where you feel appreciated. You want to feel appreciated by your fans. You always feel humbled by the support.

I know it takes a lot of time and effort to vote online and at the stadiums and fill out ballots. So when people pay attention and they're following you, and they're showing that they are by voting for you, it's an unbelievable feeling.

The Blue Jays still currently lead the American League East, but came into Sunday just 1.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees. Up next for the division leaders is a three-game series against the Yankees at home followed by the surprising Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.

As for the extent of Bautista's injury, no specifics have been reported. But if he's forced to miss time due to the injury, the slugger could miss one of the most crucial matchups against New York with the division lead on the line.

 

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