Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1
Jose Bautista was worried his injury was worse.
The star slugger landed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday but
was relieved to learn there’s no structural damage in his ailing
left wrist. He thinks he could return to Toronto’s lineup as soon
as he’s eligible, though manager John Farrell said it’s too early
”The last thing that we want is to push this to the point of
any kind of relapse or the potential for any other damage that
might be incurred if he’s not fully ready to go,” Farrell said.
”So we can fully appreciate his eagerness, but we’ll monitor this
closely daily as we go through at least these first 15 days.”
Bautista left Monday night’s loss to the New York Yankees after
feeling pain in his wrist on an eighth-inning swing that produced a
long foul ball. X-rays were negative and the Blue Jays said the
All-Star right fielder had an MRI on Tuesday that revealed
inflammation. Bautista called the injury a strain.
”Just as I was finishing my swing, I felt something weird
around my wrist, and on the recoil is when I felt sharp pain,”
said Bautista, who had started all 90 games this season before
Tuesday night. ”So obviously a little scary at the time. You can’t
help but think the worst.
”I thought I had torn something or maybe broken my wrist, but
that’s not the case and I’m happy to know that.”
Bautista wore a brace on his wrist as he answered questions from
a pack of reporters in the center of Toronto’s clubhouse.
”The only thing that I can think of is I held on with both
hands maybe longer than I usually do, and maybe my wrist got turned
in a direction that it never gets turned,” he said. ”That just
maybe put too much stress in the area and maybe kind of
”Just one of those freak things that you can’t control or
predict. It’s just unfortunate that it happened at such an
important part of the season and such an important game,” Bautista
added. ”It’s going to be tough to sit in the dugout.”
Without their biggest bopper, the Blue Jays fizzled at the plate
in a 6-1 loss to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.
Sabathia’s successful return from a groin strain overshadowed an
encouraging outing by Brett Cecil (2-2) in his sixth major league
start of the year. The 26-year-old lefty, demoted to Double-A New
Hampshire at the beginning of the season, held the powerful Yankees
in check for six innings and retired his final eight batters. He
struck out five and walked two.
Rafael Soriano entered with the bases loaded and earned his 24th
save in 25 attempts when pinch-hitter J.P. Arencibia lined into a
game-ending double play.
The runner doubled off first base to end it was speedy prospect
Anthony Gose, just called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to fill
Bautista’s roster spot. Gose made his big league debut as a
pinch-hitter in the seventh and got his first career hit on a bunt
single back to the mound in the ninth. The ball was tossed into the
Toronto dugout to be saved as a souvenir.
”It’s a great feeling to get that one out of the way,” Gose
said. ”Whatever it takes to get on base and score runs.”
A left-handed hitter, Gose was expected to start Wednesday
against right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Ben Francisco replaced Bautista
in the lineup Tuesday against Sabathia (10-3), just activated from
the disabled list after missing three weeks.
The two-time defending AL home run champion, Bautista was tied
for second in the majors with 27 homers. He is batting .244 with 65
RBIs and a .360 on-base percentage.
”His absence will certainly be more of a challenge for us.
Anytime you take one of the premier right-handed power hitters in
baseball out of the lineup, it’s going to create a little bit of a
hole,” Farrell said. ”But much like the injuries we’ve sustained
in our rotation, we haven’t used it as an excuse. We haven’t
allowed that to distract us.”
Bautista won’t be able to pick up a bat for a couple of days,
but he’s already on medication to alleviate the inflammation.
Doctors told him he won’t make the injury any worse with activity,
so his progress will be determined by how much pain he can
”When I move it in certain directions, it’s pretty tough,”
Bautista said. ”But that’s what I’ve got to try to avoid. That’s
why I’m wearing a splint, to protect the area, too, from bumping
against anything. As long as I don’t move it in certain directions,
He can begin full treatment right away, but he can’t do any
strength exercises at first.
”It’s a good and bad news situation,” Farrell said. ”The bad
news is he’s going to be lost for some time, but the worst that we
feared has been alleviated by the negative X-rays, negative MRIs,
in terms of the fact that there’s no tear. So at this point we’re
just going to let the symptoms subside and then gradually bring him
back based on his tolerance.”
The 21-year-old Gose played in the Futures Game for top
prospects last week in Kansas City and said he was ”shocked” to
get his first call-up to the majors.
He said he struck out leading off the game Monday night for Las
Vegas and when he returned to the bench, he was told to stay in the
dugout. Because of Bautista’s injury, his next stop would be Yankee
”Strike out and next thing you know you’re going to the big
leagues,” Gose said, adding that he had a hard time sleeping on
his red-eye flight across the country. ”Exciting, nerve-racking.
The feeling’s indescribable. … I still don’t know what to think
But he has a simple plan for his first stint in the big
”Put the bat on the ball and run fast,” Gose said. ”From
where I started to where I am now, it’s night and day.”
Gose was hitting .292 at Las Vegas and leading the Pacific Coast
League with 29 stolen bases. He had five homers, 10 triples and 41
RBIs. He was acquired by the Blue Jays from Houston in July 2010
for first baseman Brett Wallace.
Farrell said Gose will likely play right field against righties
and could be in the leadoff spot Wednesday.
To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays
transferred right-hander Brandon Morrow from the 15-day disabled
list to the 60-day DL.