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Jays hopeful Bautista will be healthy for All-Star Game

Jays hopeful Bautista will be healthy for All-Star Game

OAKLAND -- Manager John Gibbons says the Blue Jays have not yet seriously considered asking Jose Bautista to skip the upcoming All-Star Game in Minnesota because of his injured left hamstring.

Bautista has yet to play the field since he aggravated the injury during a game against the Reds on June 22. He avoided a stint on the disabled list but missed a week and has since been limited to starts at DH.

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The hope is that Bautista will be able to play right field in the series finale vs. Oakland on Sunday afternoon. If that happens, he'll have a full week of action prior to the All-Star Break, which would go a long way toward convincing the organization he can play in the Midsummer Classic.

"It has crossed our mind but if he can get out there tomorrow he'll have a good week of playing," Gibbons said Saturday. "He should be OK. Now, if it lingers, or he's hobbling around a little bit, it's a different story."

Bautista appears likely to start in right field for the American League team in the All-Star Game on July 15. The team will be officially announced Sunday but when the final round of ballot updates were revealed earlier this week Bautista continued to lead all players in fan voting.

In addition to the All-Star Game, Bautista is the captain of the AL team for the Home Run Derby. Bautista has been reaching out to players over the past couple of weeks to gauge interest in the event and will have the final say on who makes the team.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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