Blue Jays desperate to have Bautista back; get rocked by White Sox

Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the White Sox at the Rogers Centre in Toronto,...

Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the White Sox at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, April 17, 2013. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

TORONTO - Jose Bautista's back is bad.

How bad is it?

"It's so bad, I can't tie my shoes. And when you can't bend over to tie your own shoes, you can't play," said Bautista, after the Blue Jays went meekly in a 7-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night before 15,684 at the Rogers Centre, the smallest crowd of the season.

"I left here Tuesday night thinking my back was healthy enough to play tonight," said Bautista seated at his locker. "I woke up Wednesday with muscle spasms in my back, again.

"I can play in pain. I played hurt from April until the end of the 2010 and then had a sports hernia surgery after the season. There is no sense playing when I can't move."

If you remember the uncertainty of Dave Stieb's back aches, Lloyd Moseby's back pain or Cito Gaston's back surgery (or even B.J. Ryan's ... oh, that's right it was an elbow), this is not good for the Jays.

Or, if you saw Bautista hobble down the stairs before the game Wednesday this is real bad.

"There's nothing wrong with my bones, my spine or anything else. I am having spasms," he said. "The doctors tell me it's the body's defence mechanism to protect from further damage.

"I couldn't play softball, the way my back is right now. Tomorrow? I don't know."

The Jays lineup is without its two best offensive forces in leadoff man Jose Reyes, who is out long-term , and Bautista, who missed a third hurting his back sliding into second base Sunday in K.C.



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