Bautista placed on DL but avoids serious injury

The Blue Jays nightmare of constant injuries continued on Monday night when Jose Bautista was forced to leave during the eighth inning against New York because of a left wrist injury. There were initial fears that the wrist might be broken or at the very least some significant damage had been done to the ligaments in the area.

Those concerns were alleviated after an X-ray came back negative after the game while a follow-up MRI on Tuesday did not reveal any structural damage. Bautista was still placed on the 15-day DL but appears to have avoided a serious setback, which could have cost him the rest of the season.

For now, Bautista remains optimistic that he will be ready to return once the 15 days expires but that will ultimately depend on how quickly the pain subsides. Here’s what Bautista had to say about the injury and the looming rehab on Tuesday afternoon:

Jose Bautista:

“It was just an aggressive 2-0 swing. I got a good pitch to hit. I managed to hit it but it went foul and just as I was finishing my swing I felt something weird around my wrist and on the recall is when I felt a sharp pain. So, obviously it was a little scary at the time. You can’t help but think the worst but bottom line is that I got examined, I got X-rays and an MRI, there’s not much structural damage just some irritation around the joint. So, it’s a wrist strain and obviously I won’t be able to pick up the bat for a couple of days but we’re going to take it day-by-day and go through all the treatment necessary to get back onto the field, without rushing anything, but as quickly as possible.”

Wrist issues before?

“I got hurt in Winter Ball once, back maybe in 2004 or 2005. But it was totally different injury, it was to a ligament and that was worse. But nothing along those lines, it was a total different injury, total different spot and not quite as bad.”

Was there any hope of being able to avoid DL?

“It was a possibility but due to the pain that’s around the area right now and the possibility of re-aggravating it and making it worse. They thought, there was no need to take that risk.”

Next step?

“Treatment right away. I’m already on some medication to alleviate the inflammation and just go through the treatment. There are no tears and there are no structural damage so I can go ahead and start full treatment on it. I just can’t do any strength exercises for a couple of days.”

Pain now?

“Yeah, when I move it in certain directions it’s pretty tough. But that’s what I have to avoid, that’s why I’m wearing a sprint to protect the area too from bumping it against anything. As long as I don’t move it in certain directions I’ll be fine.”

Feel something before?

“No, just on that swing, had nothing to do with anything earlier. It’s funny that I’ve read a couple of things about the Derby or the slide at the plate. It has nothing to do with either of those two things.”

Relief no structural damage?

“It was a big relief. 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.”

No structural damage at all?


Have you seen video? Identify anything different?

“The only thing that I can think of is that I hung on with both hands maybe longer than I usually do. Maybe my wrist got turned in a direction that it never gets turned. That maybe put too much stress in the area and maybe kind of hyperextended it. It’s just a strain, in an area where luckily no ligaments were damaged but it did get irritated.”

Just a fluke thing?

“Yeah, just held on too long with two hands in a weird, awkward position and it’s just one of those freak things you can’t control or predict. It’s just unfortunate that it happened in such an important part of the season and in such an important game.”

Tough to deal with not being in lineup now?

“It’s going to be tough just sitting in the dugout. 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.”

Big blow to this team but guys here that can step up?

“Yeah, I’m not too worried about that. I think this is a pretty good team and by no means I feel like I’m the only one that’s capable of doing anything here. I think we can beat other teams with the guys that we’re going to have on the field that’s for sure.”

Doctors give you any idea of how long this will take?

“It’s all about pain tolerance since there’s no structural damage. It’s what it is, a strain, just like tweaking your hamstring or something. 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.”

Knowing what Edwin’s gone through.. has he given any advice?

“There’s always talk and people recommend stuff but every injury is different and every person is different. I have no reason to believe this injury will be anywhere similar to anybody else’s past injuries. Again, pain for me is going to dictate what I can and cannot do and I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”


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