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Jose Bautista’s return timetable “very much up in the air”

Aug 2, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista resumed swinging a bat last week, but the Blue Jays slugger isn’t close to returning from a sprained wrist.

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Bautista “is still experiencing some discomfort” and his return timetable “remains very much up in the air” 17 days after the injury.

Bautista told Chisholm that a hand specialist advised him “not to push it too hard, too soon” and framed it as a positive that he’s been able to take swings off a tee. He also indicated that returning before the injury is 100 percent healed won’t be an option because he doesn’t want to risk re-aggravating it.

In other words, don’t expect to see Bautista back in the middle of the Blue Jays’ lineup for a while.

  1. cur68 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Well this just about guts all hope for The Beav. Without his bat and defense they are just lost. Curse you Jobu! Why you do this? WHY!!! -sigh-

    • ajcardsfan - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Obviously, somebody drank some rum and smoked a cigar that wasn’t theirs

      • cur68 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        That dang Eddie Harris! He must pay….

  2. deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Seems to be taking quite a long time to recover from a sprained writst. At some point, don’t you need to re- XRay or MRI it to make sure someone didn’t miss something?

    • jaysjunkie - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      This guy is the franchise…I’m guessing the Jays were as thorough as humanly possible.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

        Remember that Pineda had to go in for multiple MRIs before someone found the shoulder damage.

  3. ezthinking - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    He’s too important to risk re-injury. They are set up pretty well for next year. Make sure he’s healthy – ride this season out if you have too.

  4. silversun60 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Dear Baseball Gods,

    Stop it.

    -Blue Jays Fans.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    No need to rush Jose, the jays are 10 1/2 back and in LAST PLACE and, well…Its Aug so you can stick a fork in em

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