August 28, 2012
Blue Jays hope Joey Bats in 2012
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
NEW YORK - Jose Bautista spent Monday getting checked out by noted hand surgeon Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland and will rejoin the Jays on Tuesday, but the Jays' brass has not yet had a chance to see or digest the medical report.
"(Bautista) did go through a couple of MRIs to compare the left wrist with the right wrist," manager John Farrell said. "He'll rejoin us here in New York to continue any kind of treatment he'll be going through. But we have no conclusive report at this time."
On Saturday, one day after rejoining the Jays after taking five weeks off to heal an inflamed tendon in his wrist, Bautista felt some mild symptoms return and immediately was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
"Given that this is a recurring injury and the amount of time missed the first time, we felt the need to be cautious and to protect against anything (more), we had to make the move," explained Farrell. "We also had minimal bench strength at the time because of David Cooper's injury."
Farrell still would like to see Bautista get back into game action before the end of the season.
"Ideally, we felt that when Jose came back to us that, not only would we get production, but at the same time and probably most important, he would go into the off-season with a good number of at-bats under his belt and with the peace of mind about where he stood from a health standpoint."
A TALL ORDER
As if the seven-game losing streak that the Blue Jays took into their game Monday isn't burden enough, a trip to Yankee Stadium is never a cakewalk, but especially so under the circumstances.
"We're in a stretch where we've scuffled," Farrell said. "This is another tall challenge, these three games against the Yankees. We've got to set all of what's taken place to date behind us and go about putting together a solid game plan. We need contributions up and down the lineup. We've got to stay focused and have attention to detail in all phases because we're going to need that.
"We win together and we lose together. We need everyone to contribute in some form and that's no different than every day we take the field."
HECH AT THIRD
Adeiny Hechavarria can expect a steady diet of starts at third base over the next few weeks, with Mike McCoy occupied in the outfield, filling in for Bautista.
"That doesn't mean (Hechavarria) won't get some time at shortstop or second base but we're looking at him primarily at third right now," Farrell said.
Hechavarria was optioned to Las Vegas on Saturday, flew to join that team in Tacoma but only a few hours later was on a flight back to join the Jays in Baltimore when Bautista was re-injured.