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Jose Bautista swinging at full strength following wrist surgery

Jan 4, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

Jose Bautista required surgery in September to repair the tendon sheath in his left wrist, but word is that he’s making fine progress. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio has the latest on his recovery:

Good news. Bautista actually expressed interest in playing winter ball this offseason, but the Blue Jays quickly shot that down. They haven’t ruled out the possibility of him playing for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, but odds are they’ll want him to focus on being ready for Opening Day.

Bautista, 32, batted .241/.358/.527 with 27 home runs, 65 RBI and an .886 OPS in 92 games last season prior to the surgery. The Blue Jays are hoping his power will remain intact as they attempt to make their move in the American League East.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Great news, but please do not talk up the Jays too much. We want the team to sneak up unheralded on the rest of baseball.

    • theskinsman - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Wrist injuries take a long time to heal.Good for him, bad for the rest of the AL.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      4th place finishes isnt exactly sneaking up on anything except maybe last place

      • dmcmillan2286 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        hello little troll

  2. lazlosother - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I don’t think the Jays can sneak up on anyone at this point. Good news regarding Batista though, love to see players come all the way back from injury.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Encouraging to hear he’s at full strength, especially since his full strength swing is 200% of that of many other players.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Some credit for Bautista’s recovery should go to Sam Fuld of the Rays. Fuld had a similar problem that required surgery. Fuld contacted Bautista and put him in touch with the surgeon who operated on him. I understand that the technique used by that surgeon is more effective that the technique used by other specialists.

    • cur68 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Yeah, tip O the Beaver Cap to Fuld. He really came through for Our Boy. Pity he and his teammates will be crushed under Jose’s sandalled feet.

      • raysfan1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        So sorry, but you have gotten the roles of crusher and crushee backwards, my friend!

  5. cur68 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    No WBC for Jose, please! The guy is swing happy and he loves to crush them. He could take half a season out himself over doing it. Still, glad to see this. He’ll bring that average back up for this year. No need to try and do it all anymore. He’s got a good team around him, hitting all over the place, and he can afford to be nice and patient at the plate again. Between him and E5 I expect they’ll be neck and neck for HR leader in the division at least. With all that OBP ahead of them in the lineup…well lets just say things are looking pretty optimistic for some run support for Morrow, Dickey, Buehrle, Johnson & Romero.

    • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Would love to see Jose and Edgar both hit 40+ HRs this season. Then we can have more idiot bloggers post the Gotta be the Roids BS. With Reyes on base, these guys will see more fastball BP stuff and lest breaking stuff. Gonna be a long season Boston, last place again.

      • nbjays - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        If by “Edgar” you mean Edwin, I agree 100% :-)

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Then we can have more idiot bloggers post the Gotta be the Roids BS.

        If you want to see truly amazing stupidity, watch the Yanks this season when the MSM and fans have to giant leaps back from the “boo hoo too many home runs” crew.

      • badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        @nbjays
        Sorry my bad, trying to type and eat sushi tuna cones at the same time.Would love a Jays/Yankees playoff in October

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I see more decline in his future, less HR’s, MORE K’s and yes a even lower batting average. These type of injuries don’t disappear quickly

    • cur68 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Yeah well, good luck with Berkman. I’m sure he’ll replace Swisher’s output.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        Yea well Berkman isnt a Yankee and he won’t be either so good luck with that wet dream loser!!

      • historiophiliac - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        I understand those are terrible to lose.

    • bandaman - Jan 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Thanks for your insight, nostradamus. In all seriousness we won’t know the extent of the injury until deep into the season (or, god forbid, the earlier on..). He says he’s ready to go, training rigorously, what makes you think otherwise? Unless you’re just commenting to insight aggravation…

      • cur68 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Ah just ignore the fool. He’s really a chimp, y’know. Lives at the Bronx Zoo and is fed peanuts by the patrons. In return he deals in the only skill he has; flinging his own poo. Poor old thing.

      • dmcmillan2286 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        That was funny about the chimp: I laughed out loud.

  7. soxfan1966 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    David Ortiz suffered this same type of injury — and to the same wrist — during the 2008 season, and he recovered well enough to hit 29 — went on to hit 28 HRs with 99 RBIs in 2009. I think the chances are pretty good that Bautista will fully recover from this injury.

    • dmcmillan2286 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Jose looked fine at the Raptors game last night; he had no problem pouring that beverage down his throat with the recovering arm.

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