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Jose Bautista undergoes hernia surgery after playing through injury since May

Oct 21, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

Blue Jays Bautista rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Indians during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

As if Jose Bautista hitting 54 homers this season wasn’t an amazing enough feat, now it turns out he did most of that slugging with a hernia.

Bautista underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia today and is expected to be out of commission for 4-6 weeks, leaving him plenty of time to get healthy for spring training.

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Bautista “tolerated discomfort due to the injury since May.” Seriously.

Taking a look at his numbers after, say, June 1, he smacked 38 homers and 23 doubles in 386 at-bats, which is good for a .624 slugging percentage that ranked third in all of baseball during that time behind only Josh Hamilton at .712 and Carlos Gonzalez at .641.

Amazing.

  1. The Common Man/www.platoonadvantage.com - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Maybe he hit homers BECAUSE of the hernia. And now he will go back to a platoon-worthy 3B-OF hybrid. Like Flowers for Algernon with a baseball bat.

    • BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 4:01 PM

      Yeah really! Don’t fix anything!!!!!!!!!

    • Gobias Industries - Oct 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

      That’s an irresponsible statement. Now you’re going to have all these stupid ballplayers lifting heavy objects in the offseason without bending their knees so they can develop a hernia and hit 50 home runs next year. I hope you’re quite pleased with yourself.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

      Like the snake oil necklaces, everyone will now play with a hernia in an attempt to gain more power in their swing.

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