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Jose Bautista injury: Blue Jays RF exits after twisting ankle

Bautista has now missed three straight games due to his twisted ankle.


UPDATE - Bautista wasn't in the lineup for the Jays yet again on Sunday night, sitting out for the third consecutive day. The outfielder ran on the field and took batting practice prior to yesterday's blowout at the hands of the Red Sox, but said he's still experiencing some pain in his ankle.

Manager John Gibbons said that Bautista would be available to pinch-hit if needed, but it didn't happen.


ORIGINAL - Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista exited last night's contest against the Cleveland Indians after twisting his ankle, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

Davidi notes that Bautista rolled his ankle while stepping on first base in the eight inning. The slugger left the contest, but the injury wasn't initially termed as serious.

Bautista and manager John Gibbons later confirmed that it was indeed "nothing serious." Bautista told reporters that trainers examined the ankle after his early exit, but it was determined that he was "good to go." Toronto should know more today, but it's doubtful that the right fielder misses much, if any, time due to the injury.

Prior to exiting the contest, Bautista went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI. It was the outfielders second home run of the early season. It doesn't appear that his surgically-repaired left wrist is at all impacting his power, at least three games into the new campaign.

Last season for the Blue Jays, Bautista hit .241/.358/.527 with 14 doubles and 27 home runs. In six seasons with Toronto the 32-year-old owns a batting line of .262/.386/.554.


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