"Today is no worse than last night at the time of turning
the ankle," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He has
been walking in a walking boot. We'll continue to work
throughout the course of today and tonight's game, continue
working on getting the swelling out of there."
The Blue Jays don't have a set timetable for Bautista's
return, but the best-case scenario would be Sunday's series
finale against New York. The more realistic option would be
using Monday's off-day to Bautista's advantage and resting
him until Tuesday, when Toronto opens a three-game set
Bautista was originally expected to undergo an MRI on
Friday, but the club opted not to send him for additional
tests. He will continue to be monitored but as of Friday
afternoon Bautista's condition had stabilized enough to
convince the Blue Jays that extra precaution wasn't
"He hasn't [had an MRI] yet, in large part because we were
going to respond to that in how he felt today," Farrell
said. "There was no additional swelling, no additional
stiffness, and if there was any increases in those two
areas, certainly, [the MRI] would take place."
Bautista entered play Friday with the Major League lead in
home runs (31), walks (75), on-base percentage (.470) and
slugging (.701). He also ranks first in the American League
in times on base (178), second in runs (74) and average
The Dominican native was forced to miss five games earlier
this year because of tightness in his neck. Bautista was
able to make a quick recovery from that ailment, and Toronto
appears confident he will be able to make similar strides
this time around.
There were initial concerns Bautista would be forced to
miss an extended period of time. It's still early in the
evaluation process, but it appears Bautista avoided any
serious damage and should return in the next few days.
"As of right now, no," Farrell said when asked if it was a
long-term concern. "That's going on his comments and the
way he is moving around today, and the fact that there has
been no additional symptoms overnight."