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Jose Bautista leaves Blue Jays for “personal family matter”

Apr 5, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays’ lineup tonight against the A’s and has left the team due to a “personal family matter,” according to John Lott of the National Post.

He’s expected to miss the entire three-game series versus Oakland and for now Juan Rivera is taking his place in right field with Edwin Encarnacion shifting to designated hitter and Jayson Nix getting the start at third base.

Bautista is off to an excellent start as he tries to follow up one of the most out-of-nowhere breakouts in MLB history, hitting .455 with two homers and a league-leading four walks through three games.

  1. cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Oh boy. This is worse for my boys than Utley being gone for the Philthies. Jose is the entire offense in my mind. Gonna be interesting this evening.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      At least there’s the potential for an end date for the wannabe Phillies.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        As opposed to the wannabe Blue Jays, who’s star infielder has the clap in his knee.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        Nope…if they wanted to be the Blue Jays, they would be the Blue Jays. Instead, they rejected that name and exiled it to Canadia.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        where it promptly turned around and took a WS away from you and Lenny…

  2. Utley's Hair - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Promptly? You Canadians are on a different timeline up there, arncha?

    • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      It’s the cold; slows things down as we huddle round our seal blubber fires in our igloos. This is why we all like flat screen tvs; easier t get onto our ice hut’s walls. You lot will have the last laugh in any case; that rotation of yours will see to it. It will burn the more as you’ve taken Halladay from us to do it.
      Sure hope Jose gets back soon.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

        Don’t forget that boy wonder Drabek headed north to the land of Monopoly money and the queen’s redheaded stepsubjects.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM

        You mean that monopoly money that’s worth $1 to $1.03 of your dollar, that monopoly money? I sure hope he stipulated he gets paid in your currency. He’ll be taking a 3% bath on every greenback he earns. Us redheaded stepsubjects sure do know how to penny pinch!

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 5, 2011 at 6:58 PM

        It just looks so much like Monopoly money. (Sadly, US currency is becoming more like that, also.)

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 7:07 PM

        Yes, true it looks like monopoly money but our nickel has a beaver on it. It’s the 2nd best coin in the world behind ONLY the Cook Island 1992 $1 coin. Don’t believe me about CI coins? Check this out;

        What do your people have to beat our beaver and CI’s totem coin? Susan B Anthony?

  3. fuggles7 - Apr 5, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Adam Lind on TSN Sportsdesk gave the reason for Bautista’s absence. Jose is off to be there for the birth of his child. Congratulations Jose!!!

    • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 8:03 PM

      Cool. The world is abetter lace with another Bautista in it. Hope he can hit, too.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Congratulations to Bautista on the birth of his daughter.

    • cur68 - Apr 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM

      A daughter? That is so cool. Well congratulations to Jose. He should name her June since, thanks to Escobar, his team mounted an excellent come from behind, down 5 by 4 innings, walk off, extra innings, 2 run homer WIN! Junel Escobar is the sack! Obviously hangin with the manliest man in MLB has rubbed off on him. Someone on HBT pointed out to me that Rajai Davis was lousy at getting on base. He was on base enough this game. He was on base to tie it when Escobar won it. So there! Can’t argue with winning. Tomorrow it’ll be Dallas Braden’s turn to show the Beaver men how they do it in the 209. I’m bettin on the beav. I see Becket lost. Oy. What has happened to the Bo-Sox? 0-4.

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