Tight hamstring leads to late scratch for Bautista

Tight hamstring leads to late scratch for Bautista

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was scratched from Friday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Orioles because of tightness in his right hamstring.

"His hammy tightened up on him a little bit; he'll be fine," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "If he feels something, we're not going to throw him out there. We didn't really want anybody on the grass much anyway, but you've got no choice."

Bautista was scheduled to start in right field and bat third, but he was replaced in the lineup by Caleb Gindl. The wet conditions at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium might have played a small role, but it sounds like Bautista would have been scratched even before the lengthy rain delay.

It's still not clear how much time Bautista will need off, but for now he can be considered day to day. The Blue Jays are scheduled to visit the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., on Saturday, and then host the Pirates on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Field.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.