Blue Jays shut down Bautista (hip) for season

9/4/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista can be one of the most dangerous batters in the MLB. Over the past four seasons, Joey Bats has made the All-Star team four times, won two Silver Slugger awards, and finished top-5 in MVP voting twice.

Blog Photo - Blue Jays shut down Bautista (hip) for seasonBautista, however, has been dealing with a hip injury as of late. He sustained a hip bone bruise early in August that he attempted to play through, but aggravated it on August 20, prompting a stint on the disabled list.

The Blue Jays sit in last place in the AL East with no hopes of making a run at the playoffs, so rather than risk further injury to their star 32-year-old outfielder, the team has decided to shut him down for the season.

Bautista was enjoying another solid campaign, posting a .259/.358/.498 line along with 28 home runs, 73 RBI, and 82 runs scored. He managed some very nice power numbers considering he only played 118 games. Over a full 162-game season, those numbers project to about 38 home runs and 100 RBI. Despite the fact that he has been productive while on the field, fantasy owners who spent an early-round draft pick on him can't be happy with how much time he will have missed.

The Blue Jays are now dealing with injuries to their three starting outfielders - Bautista, Melky Cabrera, and Colby Rasmus. Cabrera is not expected back this season due to a knee strain, while Rasmus recently suffered a setback in his recovery from an oblique injury. The Blue Jays most recently rolled with the outfield platoon of Rajai Davis, Kevin Pillar, and Moises Sierra. Anthony Gose should factor in regularly as well.

Bautista's injury is just another disappointing event to add to a season full of letdowns in Toronto.
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