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Jose Bautista aims for Sunday or Tuesday return

Jul 15, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

Jose Bautista Reuters

Jose Bautista tweeted Friday that the ankle he injured in Thursday night’s game against the Yankees is “feeling much better,” and the hope is that he’ll return in a couple of days.

“Optimistically, we’re thinking Sunday. If not, it could possibly be Tuesday,” manager John Farrell told the National Post.

The Jays don’t play Monday, so expect them to give him that extra day off Sunday unless he insists on getting back in there.

With Bautista out, Edwin Encarnacion is starting at third base tonight.

It’s not a DL-type situation for MLB’s home run leader, so don’t expect to see Brett Lawrie come up and step in at third base.  Lawrie just began a rehab assignment at Single-A Dunedin on Thursday, and he’s going to need a couple of weeks to regain his swing in the minors before he’ll be a candidate for the big-league roster.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Get well soon Jose! Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:59 PM

      Good news they say. Joltin Jo is day to day.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

        With thanks to Paul Simon and Mrs. Robinson

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Back to tonight’s game, led by the Captain, the Yankees have pounded out 2 hits against the Jays over 5 innings. Due to a high pitch count. Morrow will probably be pulled after 6. Can the Toronto bullpen hold? Stay tuned!

    • cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:05 PM

      PC. Some game, eh? Freddy’s junk-ball attack seems to be fizzling in the face of the Beavermen’s patience. Even without The Most Interesting Hitter in the World the Jays seem determine not to be dead in the AL Beast. 6 – 1 now with Brandon Morrow striking ’em out at a good clip and pitching with caution to the Home Run Derby winner.

      The kids seem to have come to play and, though Thames’ hammy looks a mite tender, seem determined to make the whole of Beaverland say “Jose Who?”. Junel Escobar is bringing it as the # 3 guy tonight and, with Travis Snider, Eric Thames, and Brandon Morrow, looks more than a match for Grandy, Tex, Cano, and Garcia.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:31 PM

        Thames has been a doubles machine. Snider is hitting over .400 since his recall. There are more productive young hitters waiting to be called up.

  3. cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    And now we have a 7 – 1 lead, in spite of Octavio Dotel being a part of this affair. Something I hadn’t known; Jason Frasor’s wife is a hottie. Yowza. Speaking of JF, here is now…

    • cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      And that was a non-call on the 2 seamer for strike 3. Natch Martin gets a single next pitch. That strike zone’s been ridiculous all night and now it looks like Lord Dark Helmet has decided play the fool back there. WTF.

      • cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:12 PM

        Well JF had to strike out 4 to get out of the 9th; thanks Lord Dark Helmet. Great umping back there, idjit. Whatever though. Jays win again. Makes it 5 in a row.
        Gotta face Cap’n Crunch Sabbathia tomorrow. Countering with Ricky Romero. That should be a gooder.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:15 PM

      Hia wife is a Torontonian.

      • cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

        I gotta go hang ’round TO more…

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    The player sometimes known as E5 had a great game at third and drove in the go ahead run.

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