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Jose Bautista resumes swinging bat following wrist injury

Jul 28, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

John Farrell, Jose Bautista AP

Jose Bautista is unlikely to return from the disabled list when he’s first eligible on Wednesday, but he’s making progress.

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Bautista swung a bat today for the first time since injuring his left wrist on a swing on July 16. The 31-year-old slugger went through a series of dry swings and swings off a tee with a fungo bat. The next step involves doing the same with a regular bat before taking flip throws and then batting practice. Barring any setbacks, a return late next week appears possible.

Bautista is hitting .244/.360/.534 with 27 home runs, 65 RBI and an .894 OPS in 90 games played this year. He’s currently tied for fifth in the majors in home runs, despite his recent absence. Rookie outfielder Anthony Gose will likely be sent back down to Triple-A Las Vegas when Bautista is ready to return.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Very good news. The Jays are still hitting home runs. Three homers so far today including #28 for the Big E; however, Bautista would put more fear into opposing pitchers. Gose shows lots of promise, but is only 21 and could use more seasoning.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      Gose is hitting .182 and has struck out in almost exactly half of his at bats and you think that shows promise? Id hate to see what you would call terrible!!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        Harry is just upset because he has been mentioned in trade rumors with the Red Sox. He prefers to live on the farm in Scranton.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        proudly the numbers dont lie, i mean i know he only has 22 at bats and thats a small sample size so you can forgive the average somewhat but the strikeouts are a red flag especially for a guy who is not projected to be a power hitter.

      • cur68 - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:46 AM

        Well, you were so right about Travis Snider, harry. I guess we’ll take your word for Gose the same way: ignore it totally.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        You think Snider has been good? Does any of you clowns even bother to check the numbers before you post here? Snider strikesout like a power hitter except he doesnt give you the power numbers (just check his slg%) and he doesnt walk at all and his on base % isnt good either and he hits for a low average. Im not sure what kind of fielder he is but as far as hitting goes you can keep em and i hope you do

      • cur68 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        You know nothing, ‘harry but how to hurl your own crap. Keep watching. Keep commenting. You bring kid’s like Snider more publicity and fame with your lack of awareness than anything I could write.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        numbers dont lie cur68, he is who he is and no matter what i write about him it won’t change the fact that he is a below average ball player. I can back up everything i say about him, you cant do the same so shove that in your pipe and smoke it

  2. randygnyc - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I would keep him out until his wrist is perfect. I don’t see any reason to rush him back and risk the long term health of the franchise player. Not to mention many of the Jays have really stepped up their games in his absence.

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