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Jose Bautista exits game with twisted ankle

Apr 4, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

Jose Bautista AP AP

According to John Lott of the National Post, Jose Bautista left tonight’s game against the Indians with a twisted ankle. He apparently tweaked something when he stepped on first base on an RBI ground out in the eighth inning.

The good news is that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wasn’t too worried about it after the game. Bautista will be re-evaluated tomorrow, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll need to miss much time, if any.

There was some concern that Bautista’s surgically-repaired left wrist would have an impact on his power production in the early part of the season, but it hasn’t been a factor thus far. The 32-year-old slugger launched a two-run homer tonight and now has two home runs in three games this season.

UPDATE: Here’s an update from the man himself. Fortunately for the Blue Jays, it doesn’t sound like a big deal.

  1. jaysjunkie - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Bautista says he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow.

    An exciting game tonight. Bonifacio’s hustle double late in the game was really impressive, as was Reyes’ baserunning when he scored from second on the attempted double play that Bautista hurt his ankle on. Both baserunning plays were the difference in the game.

    • josemartez - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Bonifacio’s double was very unexpected. Sure, outfielders normally just lob it back in after a basehit, but to get a double on a ground ball up the middle straight to the centrefielder is pretty impressive.

      • jaysjunkie - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:17 AM

        I’ve been watching baseball for over 30 years and I think I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen a guy get a double off a relatively routine ball hit to CF like the one Bonifacio hit. And Indians CF’er Michael Bourn has two Gold Gloves to his name, too.

  2. nbjays - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Yep, it was nice to see the power come out tonight but the heads-up baserunning was the real game winner.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Its amazing how smart baseball is so fun to watch. I haven’t seen the play you’re talking about but watching guys being smart on the basepaths is almost as fun as someone hitting a bomb.

  3. cur68 - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Reyes ran through the stop sign at 3rd on the Bautista single. On the surface, it might seem like a bad idea, but he was watching the play the whole time: he saw where the hit went to, knew the play was at 2nd then on to first for the attempt at the DP. No one was going to worry about him, so he could do whatever. Turned his head as he hit 3rd to see the throw to try and double off Bautista. At that point Reyes knew there were 2 outcomes: out #3 or Bautista would be safe. SInce he was running hard, and rounded 3rd full speed as the play developed, Reyes KNEW that the best move was to pour it on; if Bustista was safe, Reyes scores. If JB’s out, no big deal on where Reyes is. Reyes saw the stop sign and ran hard right through it. Great move. Just smart, heads up base running.

    • jaysjunkie - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      That’s exactly what I was thinking, cur68. I don’t know why the third base coach wasn’t sizing up the situation like that, too.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    A fun game to watch that combined 5 home runs and some great base running. It was also obvious that the players were enjoying playing the game.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    No way Jose? Im surprised he didnt hurt his neck watching all the hits bluejay pitchers were giving up lastnite

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