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Jose Bautista called “day-to-day” with twisted right ankle

Jul 14, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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Down goes “Joey Bats.”

According to Alden Gonzalez of, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had to be pulled from Thursday’s second-half opener against the Yankees after injuring his right ankle while running the bases.

Bautista initially tweaked the ankle while trucking down the first base line and made it worse when he performed a hard slide into the third base bag. He made it off the field and into the Rogers Centre clubhouse under his own power, but he was limping badly and looked to be in a good amount of pain.

John McDonald entered to play third base.

Bautista, 30, was 1-for-2 with a walk before exiting. He was the leading vote-getter in this year’s All-Star balloting after opening the season with a 1.170 OPS, 31 homers and 65 RBI through his first 84 games.

UPDATE, 9:02 PM: Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Bautista only has a “twisted” ankle and is considered day-to-day. The third baseman is likely to sit out multiple games to be safe.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! Toronto’s leading prospect and future third baseman just began a rehab assignment. Lawrie might be called up sooner than expected.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    The score is now 11 to 7. 10 jays have scored runs and 9 Jays have hits. Only Arencibia is hitless.

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    When he made that great catch in the AS game it looked like he jammed his ankle against the wall. I wonder if that is when he first hurt it?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

      Possibly. He seemed to be limping slightly at first base during the inning in which he got hurt.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Arencibia got his hit. The score is 13 to 7 after 7 innings. The mighty Yankees scored 7 runs against the infamous Jo Jo Reyes and are still down by 6 runs. Reyes will not be in the rotation much longer. The Jays will replace him with either Stewart or Litch (when he gets healthy).

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    16 to 7 final. Down goes the Yankees! Down goes Jeter! The Captain’s inability to field the ball cost the Yankees. I am sure that I will get some thumbs downs from the Yankee faithful.

    • cur68 - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM

      However PC, the Beavermen’s faithful are giving you a + thumb. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more entertaining game after the all star lull. 16 runs, 20 hits, whole team with a run, most with a hit and all essentially without Joey Bats. Cool. He’ll be back for Sunday, I reckon. Heck, even Frankie Fran showed some grit. A low leverage hold after loading the bases without an out and no Travis Hafner to crush one seems to be his style. That’s gotta be grit right there, eh?

      The pain and anguish of The Universe must be ameliorated by the relevance Andruw Jones finally showed. He pwned Reyes, mais non? Jeets looked tired out there today. Perhaps Minka wore the old chap out?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:49 AM

        Welcome back Cur. Don’t worry about Bautista. He will get some of the good stuff from RC and be back in the line-up in no time.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 14, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    So despite all their injuries, the Yankees were 2.5 games up in the AL East. Then they got back Cy Colon and Cy Hughes and they are 3-5 in their last 8 and are 1.5 games out of first. What happened? So much for the 6 man rotation…LOL.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:36 AM

      They got back Jeter. The Yankees are not as effective with Jeter in the lineup as they are without him.

  7. footdronline - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Jose Bautista injures ankle:

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