Toronto – Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Jose Bautista, who leads the majors in home runs with 31 this season, left Thursday's contest against the New York Yankees with a twisted right ankle.
Bautista was running to third on an Edwin Encarnacion double-play groundout to conclude the fourth inning when he made a slide and got his right foot caught in the dirt, twisting his ankle.
After the slide, he immediately grabbed the ankle. He walked off the field under his own power.
He is listed as day-to-day.
John McDonald replaced Bautista at third for the fifth inning.
Dating back to last year, Bautista leads all of baseball in home runs (85), slugging percentage (.646), and extra-base hits (139). He is batting .336 this season.
His 31 homers before the All-Star break set a franchise record, and he became the first player since Mark McGwire to lead the league in home runs