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Blue Jays put Jose Bautista on DL with wrist injury, call up speedster Anthony Gose

Jul 17, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

John Farrell, Jose Bautista AP

Initial tests on Jose Bautista‘s wrist injury showed nothing broken, but the Blue Jays have placed the slugger on the disabled list with what they’re officially calling wrist inflammation.

No word yet on his potential return timetable, as he’s expected to undergo further testing to rule out anything more serious.

In the meantime the Blue Jays have called up top prospect Anthony Gose, an incredibly fast 21-year-old center fielder who was acquired from the Astros (via the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt trade) for Brett Wallace in mid-2010.

Gose obviously can’t replace Bautista’s production offensively, but he was hitting .292 with a .375 on-base percentage and 29 steals in 92 games at Triple-A. He draw walks, has gap power, runs like crazy, and can track down everything in the outfield.

As for Bautista, he heads to the DL with the AL’s second-most homers, second-most walks, and third-most RBIs, and had been on fire following a slow start with a 1.021 OPS in 58 games since mid-May.

UPDATE: Structural damage has been ruled out and Bautista said he’s hoping to come off the DL after the minimum 15 days.

  1. cur68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    See ya, Jose. Gonna miss the sight of that great swing.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      There you go again, talking about seeing some other guy’s wood in action.

      • cur68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        There you go again with talking about me & wood. Tell me, FC, are you wearing a brightly patterned flowered dress right now with a poodle dog hairdo and lurking in the rose bushes somewhere in my neighborhood? ‘Cuase if you are dudebro, I just wanna say: that aint cool.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Doctor, the MRI indicated no significant structural damage, whatever that means.

      • cur68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        It means a flexor tendon didn’t part company with the bone! Yes! This is great news! He sprained his wrist, is what! Probably on the slide in to score on E5’s double. Then aggravated it with his customary big hack. This is better than a hamate break even. I’m going to guess 2 to 3 weeks on the DL with DH duties when he gets back probably. There is still hope.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Good luck Jose! Gose adds a different element to the team. Both he and Rajai Davis will make pitchers very nervous when they get on base.

    • yarguy - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Morrow goes on the 60-day DL to to free up a 40-man roster spot for Gose.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        I saw that. I expected Chavez to get the boot. It does not affect Morrow as it looks as if he will not be ready until the retroactive 60 days are up. Morrow has been doing some throwing without pain, but will need some rehab starts.

  3. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    How/Why did the Pirates let him walk away for zip???

    Was Huntington the G.M.?

    If so, no need to reply…already know the answer: incompetence

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      The Jays did not expect Bautista to become a star when they got him. A lot of hard work and some good coaching enabled him to turn his career around.

    • cur68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Don’t be so harsh on the Pirates GM. Back in the day A LOT of teams passed on Jose. In 2004 he played for the Orioles, Rays, Royals, & The Pirates. He was also on the Mets after the Royals and traded back to Pittsburgh the same day. That list of teams is a who’s who of questionable GMs and, as a result of their judgement of talent & abilities, Bautista’s the first and only player to be on five different Major League teams in one season. It was Cito Gaston who saw something in him: all those foul balls/pop ups/ground outs Bautista hit. He made a lot of contact with his terrible batting stance. Gaston and Duane Murphy corrected that stance & the rest is history. Now Jose’s career would make a hell of a movie. If he makes it back to being himself after this wrist/forearm injury…well no one would believe that was real, right?

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    So how do the Jays change the lineup tonight? Does Gose bat leadoff and Lawrie and Rasmus move down one spot each? Or do they do something else?

    • cur68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Gose lead off, then Rasmus, E5 to the 3 hole, Lind clean up, Lawrie after Lind & the rest as before I guess.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        My thoughts exactly. We will soon see.

      • cur68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM

        WTF is Farrel thinking???? Lawrie in the 3 spot?? LAWRIE??? Jeez, man, this better work.

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