Blue Jays await word on extent of Bautista's injury

Blue Jays await word on extent of Bautista's injury

Blue Jays await word on extent of Bautista's injury
NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays are still awaiting word on the results of Jose Bautista's latest MRI.

Bautista traveled to Cleveland on Sunday and was examined Monday by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham. The results of the ensuing report should provide the club with a better idea of whether Bautista will be able to return before the end of the season.

The 31-year-old Bautista aggravated his left wrist injury during Saturday night's game in Baltimore. That came less than 48 hours after he made a return from a month-long absence with the same injury, and the Blue Jays want to avoid a similar setback in the future.

"We felt to be on the cautious side and, certainly to protect anything, we had to make the move," manager John Farrell said of the decision to put Bautista back on the 15-day disabled list.

Bautista is eligible to return from the DL on Sept. 11, but it's too early to know whether that will be possible. The Blue Jays first have to receive a recommendation from the doctor, and while they'd like to see Bautista play again this season, that is still very much up in the air.

The Dominican Republic native was only able to play 12 innings after missing more than a month before the injury woes resurfaced, and before any final decisions are made, the club wants to ensure it's not possible for Bautista to do further damage to the wrist area.

"I think before we go to any kind of further plan going forward, we have to factor in what Dr. Graham will say," Farrell said. "Ideally, we felt that when Jose initially came back to us, that not only would we get production, but at the same time, and probably most important, is that he would have had a good number of at-bats under his belt since coming back from the injury.

"He would have gone into the offseason with peace of mind, and we would have had a better feel and understanding with where he stood, from a health standpoint."