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Jose Bautista set to begin minor league rehab assignment

Aug 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg Reuters

Jose Bautista is finally on the verge of returning from his wrist injury following several setbacks, as John Lott of the National Post reports that the Blue Jays slugger is ready to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Bautista took batting practice Saturday and Sunday, saying afterward that his wrist is “100 percent” healthy. He’ll play a few games in the minors and potentially come off the disabled list Friday, explaining: “If I feel good, I’ll request to come back as soon as possible.”

He’s been out since July 16, as the injury derailed a hot streak that saw Bautista hit .279 with 22 homers, 50 RBIs, and a 1.021 OPS over a 58-game stretch after carrying a .177 batting average into mid-May.

  1. youjivinmeturkey - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    WOOT!

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Jays fans knew of this during the weekend.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Mike Cormack reported this story on Sportsnet.ca on August 18.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    He looks forlorn in that picture.

  4. cur68 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Haven’t had too much to cheer about this half of the season: injuries, losing a lot, watching The AAA guys strike out, Romero getting tattooed, the poor run production etc. It will be nice to have our slugger back on the field, at any level. Lawrie’s due back soon, as is Morrow & Arencebia has his cast off and is taking some catches. Its like Getting The Band Back Together. Really looking forward to that day, even if it might not be till next season for all of them.

    Farrell’s got some problems, roster wise: what to do with Sierra & Cooper? Neither one can play 2nd, from where Johnson really needs to be sent to someone else’s team, the outfield looks great with Davis, Rasmus & JB. E5 has 1st & DH, so I guess one of Sierra or Cooper can rotate with him. McCoy’s bench spot can be used for one of them, but that blocks their development….I dunno? What to do with those guys? The rest of The AAA Guys need to go back to AAA and figure out how to hit baseballs, though.

    For a change, the Bullpen looks almost decent. Starting pitching…not so much, but Morrow will help there. Anthopolous has some work to do this off season.

    • jaysjunkie - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:02 AM

      I will not be sad on the day Kelly Johnson’s ass leaves town.

  5. missthemexpos - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Time for something radical from Anthopolous. I think it is pretty clear that the Red Sox realize that Bobby Valentine was the wrong choice for manager, so Toronto allows Farrell out of his contract to go back to Boston in exchange for a decent young Boston roster player. Then Toronto names Omar Vizquel as their new manager.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      I really doubt that Farrell wants any part of that mess.

    • jaysjunkie - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

      I’d be stunned if Farrell leaves for Boston and I’d be even more stunned if the Jays were crazy enough to name Vizquel their manager. I know it can work out, but I’m still really leery of bringing in a former player with no managerial experience. And this club needs some stability in the manager role…this turnover every 2-3 years is getting old.

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