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

to tell.

”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

hyperextended it.

”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,

I’m comfortable.”

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

right now.”

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.