A day after being pulled from Saturday’s game with a recurrence of discomfort in a tendon in his right forearm, Jose Bautista was on his way to Cleveland to consult with
Dr. Thomas Graham, one of North America’s foremost hand surgeons.
“There is no change in his condition from last night,” said Blue Jays manager John Farrell. “He’ll see Dr. Graham tomorrow just to make sure everything is still all right.”
Bautista himself felt these latest symptoms were extremely mild, relative to the pain he felt when the original injury occurred during an at-bat in New York on July 16. From the team’s perspective, they want to make sure even these mild symptoms have completely disappeared before Bautista returns.
“Ideally, we would get Jose back in time before the end of the season so that he can test it and then head into the off-season knowing that the injury is fully behind him,” said Farrell.
With David Cooper on the disabled list, Adam Lind was activated somewhat earlier than even he anticipated.
“I’m happy to be back and help this team maybe turn things around,” said Lind after arriving from New Hampshire where he hit a home run for the double-A Fisher Cats on Saturday night.
“His timing at the plate has come back quickly. And there’s no hesitation from a physical standpoint to turn the bat loose and pull the ball,” said Farrell.
After more than a year of dealing with lower back problems, Lind knows this is something he’ll have to learn to live with.
“It will probably be there the rest of my life so I just have to maintain it, do all the exercises I’m supposed to do and it will be tolerable,” he said. “When I first did it, the doctors said these things never actually heal. You can only strengthen the muscles around it to protect it. That’s what I’ve been doing but still sometimes things happen.”
CLASS OF CLASS-A
J.P. Arencibia has gone to Florida to continue his rehab and start the process of getting back in baseball condition.
“Our time line for him is still the middle of September in terms of a return to us,” said Farrell. “Anytime we’re talking about a guy who has missed a month, it’s going to take a little while to get back.”
With minor league seasons winding down, Arencibia, Jason Frasor and perhaps even Bautista and Brett Lawrie could find themselves involved in the class-A Florida State League playoffs with the Dunedin Blue Jays on their rehab assignments.
“Could be a heckuva team,” said Farrell.