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Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista needs wrist surgery

Aug 28, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

John Farrell, Jose Bautista AP

After six weeks on the disabled list Jose Bautista rejoined the Blue Jays’ lineup Friday, only to aggravate his wrist injury one day later and be placed right back on the shelf.

And today the team announced that he needs surgery, which will knock Bautista out for the remainder of this season and carries a 3-4 month recovery timetable.

The good news? That gives him plenty of time to be ready for spring training, assuming he doesn’t experience any setbacks while rehabbing all winter.

Bautista had recovered from a brutal start to the season to go on a lengthy hot streak when he was shut down in mid-July and he finishes the season hitting .241 with 27 homers and an .886 OPS in 92 games.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Curses! Curses! Curses!

    • missthemexpos - Aug 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Maybe the curse of the Home Run Derby.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        Possibly. Regardless, the sheath covering the tendon will be operated on.

  2. missthemexpos - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    No worries Toronto, Ricky Romero takes to the mound against the Yankees tonight.

  3. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Just saw this. No surprise to me. Should have had it immediately, I suppose. The danger did exist that he could have caused much more extensive damage. Now, he’s got a difficult rehabilitation/recovery ahead. I’m also sure that such a driven athlete like Jose is, will make a full and speedy recovery.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Medical science is not perfect. In his latest round of testing, MRI’s were taken of both wrists for a comparison. I assume that by having a MRI of the healthy wrist, it was evident that the other wrist still had a problem.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Yea OK DOC, tell us some more BS

    • cur68 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      ROFL. Man, lookit ‘harry there. Whatta douche!

      PC’s right about the MRIs for comparison purposes: it was reported on in the game almost exactly as described here.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM

        There is no hope for Harry. He will always be dirty due to his lack of proper toilet training.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

        oh we got another pretend doctor on the board i see, i bet you and proudly both have brown eyes

  5. randygnyc - Aug 28, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Proudly- of course, but an ounce of prevention… There’s a difference when an organization is dealing with the cornerstone of their franchise than some shlub in the front office, or should be. They should have taken every precaution and performed every test (I don’t know if they did or didn’t). Comparative tests could’ve have been done initially, too (again, I don’t know what procedures were done).

  6. cur68 - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Since Sept 2009, when I first saw that new, big, one handed finish swing, I wondered how long a person’s body could hold up to that kind of violent hack. Almost exactly 3 years it turns out. Personally, I always expected his lower back or oblique to give up. Turns out its his left wrist that packs it in. JB’s defied the odds and become an elite slugger when it appeared his career was going to be barely footnote worthy. He’s not only got to rehab that wrist but also re-vamp that swing. Looks like he’s gotta defy the odds again. Good luck, bro.

  7. jaysjunkie - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Disappointing, but not surprising news. They mentioned on the telecast tonight that a guy on the Rays had the same injury late last season, only rehabbed it over the off season, and then reinjured it earlier this year and missed 90-something games after he had to have surgery. Bautista talked to him and I’m sure that the player’s (can’t remember the name) experience was instrumental in his and the Jays’ decision for surgery. Who’d have thought that anyone or anything related to the Rays, who have kicked our asses for way too long, would actually be of benefit to the Jays?

    • cur68 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Sam Fuld was the player. Yeah they talked about that a lot and about Fuld getting in contact with Bautista to discuss their similar injuries.

  8. Old Gator - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    A couple of years ago my son and I toured all the Civil War battlefields around Richmond, VA. I remember a display on field hospitals – carnage collection zones, really, given that your average battle during that war yielded more per capita casualties than any war until the WWI trench battles. Reading about the Feather Lice this season has consistently reminded me of that display, with all the amputations being the only thing missing. I can’t ever remember such a snakebitten team.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Well on a good note the Jays just “padded” their lead for Last place in the AL East to 4 1/2 games!! I cant wait until they clinch it this year!! Go Jays!!

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