Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 3 days ago
Bautista (back) is in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League lineup Friday hitting second, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
The 36-year-old recently said he wasn't concerned with the lower-back issue that forced him to miss the World Baseball Classic semifinals contest for the Dominican Republic. Luckily, Toronto had Thursday off, so he received a welcomed rest, either way. After the brief break, the 2017 fantasy rebound candidate will look to get some hacks in before the season starts in about a week.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 4 days ago
Bautista (back) went to manager John Gibbons and requested to be scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup, but the slugger claimed it had nothing to do with an injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Bautista said he's not concerned about the stiff lower back ailment that kept him out of the Dominican Republic's final game of the WBC. With the Jays not in action Thursday, it's reasonable to believe that the 36-year-old figured he could benefit from missing Wednesday's game to pack a couple more days of rest under his belt. Assuming all is well with his back, Bautista will be in the lineup on Friday against the Red Sox.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 5 days ago
Bautista (back) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup after previously being listed as the Jays' DH, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports.
No reason has been offered for the change just yet, but with Bautista slowed by back stiffness during the World Baseball Classic over the weekend, it's easy to wonder if he's still not quite 100 percent recovered from that ailment.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 6 days ago
Bautista (back) is expected to rejoin the Jays' lineup Wednesday after missing one game during the World Baseball Classic due to back stiffness, the Toronto Star reports.
Jays manager John Gibbons downplayed the ailment when discussing Bautista on Tuesday, the day the veteran outfielder returned to camp after his time away for the tournament. Although he remains a risk in the batting average department, Bautista has the potential to deliver significant power at a discounted price this draft season.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 1 week ago
Bautista is not in the lineup for Team Dominican Republic for Saturday's game against Team USA, Marly Rivera of ESPN reports.
Bautista, who will be available off the bench, was replaced in the starting lineup by the Pirates' Gregory Polanco.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 2 weeks ago
Bautista went 3-for-4 with a walk, three-run homer and four RBI in Thursday's World Baseball Classic game against Team Canada.
Bautista's strong showing early in Grapefruit League action carried over into the Dominican Republic's first contest of the WBC tournament. After a year full of obstacles on and off the field, the slugger looks as good as ever so far in 2017. Any concerns about his age, health and motivation should be put to rest. And for his owners in keeper leagues that remain uncertain on where they stand with the outfielder, it may be wise to reevaluate Bautista before deciding to expose him to the draft pool.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 3 weeks ago
Bautista went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, his second of the spring, in Friday's exhibition game against Yankees.
The blast was Bautista's second in as many days. He's tearing up the Grapefruit League through five games, going 7-for-13 with a pair of homers, one double, six RBI and three runs. Any concerns about his health can be put to bed before draft day as Bautista appears poised to rebound from an injury-plagued 2016 campaign.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 4 weeks ago
Bautista is projected to hit third in the lineup this season after manager John Gibbons said, "I think that's where he fits best," Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Gibbons hadn't tipped his hand until Thursday when it came to the Jays' batting order. The skipper had previously said that Bautista could hit -- like last season -- anywhere from leadoff to cleanup. Through 13-year major league seasons, the slugger has been third on the lineup card for 48 percent of his at-bats, so Bautista will clearly be comfortable there. As a three-hole hitter, the 36-year-old has a career .269 batting average, his highest for any slot in which he's logged 140-plus at-bats. Even with the loss of Edwin Encarnacion, the Jays should have a potent lineup again. Bautista will benefit from hitting behind Josh Donaldson while Kendrys Morales protects him from the cleanup spot.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 1 month ago
Bautista arrived to camp Friday feeling healthy, and refuted the idea that he's injury-prone, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.
Last season, Bautista injured his left big toe crashing into the outfield wall in June, and landed on the disabled list again after twisting his left knee on the Rogers Centre turf in August. The veteran slugger fell victim to freak plays more so than a physical breakdown. "I was trying to make baseball plays both times," he said. "Any day in July, I could have run down the line to first, tripped over myself and gotten hurt worse." Bautista will get an early opportunity to showcase his health when he participates for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 2 months ago
Bautista agreed to a one-year contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
The Blue Jays recently emerged as the frontrunner for the veteran slugger's services, and after initial expectations were of the contrary, Bautista will head back north of the border for another season. The agreement includes a mutual option that could keep him in Toronto through the 2019 season. In the short-term, however, it seems like Bautista will be an integral part in the Blue Jays batting order, especially now that Edwin Encarnacion is out of town.