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

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Jun 9, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) hits a double against Baltimore Orioles in the first  inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain on Aug. 10. However, he is nearing a return.

Continue for updates.


Bautista Activated from DL

Thursday, Aug. 25 

The Blue Jays announced that Ryan Goins was sent to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Bautista on the active roster.


Atkins Comments on Bautista Injury

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Bautista is "progressing well" and may return this week after coming off the DL on Thursday, per Tony Ambrogio of TSN.


Bautista Hits DL

Wednesday, Aug. 10

The team confirmed Bautista has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.


Latest Injury Another Setback for Bautista

The Blue Jays placed Bautista on the disabled list June 17 with turf toe, and the 35-year-old proceeded to miss 30 consecutive games nursing the ailment.

Bautista also battled nagging quad pain throughout the first half of the season—a segment that wasn't particularly kind to him. Over the course of 65 pre-All-Star Game appearances, Bautista batted just .230 with a .360 on-base percentage, 12 home runs and 41 RBI.

His lack of discipline at the plate was evident during that stretch, as he compiled 49 strikeouts and just 48 walks.

In 80 games this season, Bautista is batting a putrid .222 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, 63 strikeouts, 58 walks and a .349 on-base percentage.

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And while the injury woes have hampered Bautista's production throughout the 2016 season, they could also limit his earning potential this winter.

The aged slugger is slated to become a free agent at season's end, per Spotrac, and it's difficult to envision a contender sinking significant financial resources into a 36-year-old power hitter coming off an injury-riddled campaign.

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