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No structural damage in wrist a relief for Bautista

No structural damage in wrist a relief for Bautista

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No structural damage in wrist a relief for Bautista
NEW YORK -- Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with left wrist inflammation after injuring himself in Monday night's series opener against the Yankees.

Bautista was forced to leave the game in the middle of his at-bat, going to his knees in pain after fouling a pitch down the left-field line.

As much as the injury is a big blow to the Blue Jays, Bautista, along with the rest of his club, feel they dodged a major bullet, as X-rays came back clean and an MRI revealed no structural damage.

"It was a big relief," Bautista said of the diagnosis. "When it happened, you always think the worst. I thought I had torn something or maybe had broken my wrist, but that's not the case and I'm happy to know that."

Bautista said he felt a sharp pain as he was finishing his swing and that the injury was not caused by any other factors, such as a headfirst slide he made to score at home plate earlier in the game. He felt that he held on to the bat with two hands a little longer than normal, and that was what probably triggered the discomfort. Bautista said he put himself in an awkward position by doing that and thinks that his wrist turned in a direction that it is not used to going in.

The plan for the next couple days will be for Bautista to receive treatment and not participate in any baseball activities. Bautista, who is taking medication to alleviate some of the pain, said he will have to avoid his strength training for the time being.

If all checks out, Bautista could be eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 1, but it is too early to determine if that is a realistic possibility at this point.

"It's all about pain tolerance since there's no structural damage," said Bautista, who leads the Blue Jays with 27 homers and 65 RBIs. "As long as you can tolerate the pain, I'm not going to make it any worse unless I do too much, too soon. I'll let pain dictate what I can do, and hopefully two weeks is enough. I'm thinking it will be."

The three-time All-Star was initially hoping to avoid a stint on the DL, but the pain was too much and the possibility of aggravating it forced him to the sidelines.

Bautista feels that the team will be fine without him, but he admitted that he's not looking forward to being a spectator for at least the next two weeks.

"It's going to be tough just sitting in the dugout," Bautista said. "I don't know what I'm going to be thinking about doing or doing during the games. I'm going to be biting all of my nails. I'm definitely going to have to find something to do, but I'm going to be here pulling for the guys and trying to help out in any way that I can."

Bautista joins a long list of Blue Jays on the DL, including starting pitchers Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. The team has been riddled with injuries, mainly to its pitchers, but no one feels like it is a time to make excuses as the team battles for a playoff spot.

"You just have to grind it out, suck this up and hope this gets better," third baseman Brett Lawrie said. "You can't dwell on it. You have to take a big deep breath, and now we have to rely on some other guys to step up. We have to keep on going out and playing -- that's all we can do."

Manager John Farrell, who remained as optimistic as possible considering the situation, said Bautista will be monitored closely on a day-to-day basis.

"His absence will certainly be more of a challenge for us," Farrell said. "Any time you take one of the premier right-handed hitters in baseball out of a lineup, it's going to create a little bit of a hole.

"Jose is not only an All-Star, but one heck of a player and leader on our club."

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