Bautista gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

Blue Jays slugger has been unable to throw, limited to DH for past month

Bautista gets cortisone shot in right shoulder

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista sat out of Sunday's 8-2 win over the Mariners after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

Bautista has assumed the everyday designated-hitter role for nearly a month as he recovers from a strain in his throwing shoulder. The injury has prevented him from playing the field but not from swinging.

"Maybe [Bautista] thought it was feeling better, and he was gonna be able to get through it without needing [the cortisone shot]," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "And now he figures this will put him over the top."

Generally, a cortisone shot means a player will be out of action for 48 to 72 hours, meaning Bautista likely won't play Monday, but he could return Tuesday. There's still no timeline for his return to the field. Ideally, though, he would be ready to go before the club's June 1 Interleague series at Nationals Park, since he won't be able to DH there.

In other injury-related news, Maicer Izturis was removed from his rehab game with Class A Advanced Dunedin on Saturday when he felt his right shoulder pop as he dove for a ball. Izturis underwent an MRI, but the results weren't immediately available. The 34-year-old infielder has appeared in five Minor League games, hitting 3-for-13 with two runs scored.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.