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19 Jose Bautista DH
Height/Weight: 6-0/205 | Birthdate: 10/19/1980 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Chipola JC FL | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $14,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/93 | Average Draft Position: 15.40
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Jose Bautista plans return to right field, Monday for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Jose Bautista is close to a return to right field for the Blue Jays, possibly as soon as Monday. 

Bautista hasn't played in the field since April 21, due to a strained shoulder. He's been playing designated hitter for the Jays. 

Monday starts a series at Washington, meaning the DH will not be available. 

"Yeah, I think he might be out there this week," manager John Gibbons said per MLB.com. "Before we left, he threw out to 120 feet and felt pretty good. So, he's slowly getting there."


Jose Bautista has three doubles, five RBI in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista returned to the lineup after missing two days with a shoulder injury and made up for lost time.

Bautista had a cortisone shot in the shoulder, and after sitting out two games, he went 3 for 4 with three doubles. Bautista drove in five runs, his most since June 10, 2013. 

Bautista now has 11 doubles and 30 RBI. 


Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista looking to play in RF on Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is targeting a return to right field Monday against the Nationals, he told reporters Tuesday. 

"It felt better," he said, per the National Post. "One day at a time. So definitely a progression. A different feeling. It's been a short window since I had the injection, but I feel encouraged by the signs of how it felt [Tuesday]."

Bautista, who was back in the lineup against the White Sox after sitting out two games, made 30 tosses from 90 feet. He plans to increase the distance as pain permits.

Bautista has been unable to play in the field since late April due to a nagging shoulder injury.

"The strength's not there, but normally our strength comes back in our arms fairly quick," he said. "So as long as I can remain pain-free, I'll escalate it as quickly as I can."


Blue Jays DH Jose Bautista (shoulder) returns to lineup Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Following a two-game absence, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox. Bautista missed the previous two games after receiving a cortisone shot for his bothersome sore shoulder. 

Bautista is still the designated hitter for manager John Gibbons, though he is hopeful to return to right field next week. Bautista hasn't started a game in right field since April 21 due to his shoulder injury.


Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista aiming to get back on field by June


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/25/2015) Jose Bautista has been bothered by a shoulder injury for several weeks, and the Blue Jays outfielder viewed his cortisone shot as the "least invasive" of his recovery options, which also included exploratory surgery, per TSN. 

"The progression wasn't going the way I expected, or as quick as I expected," Bautista said, per MLB.com. "You're looking for some relief, not only on the field and my work life, but also regular life.

"Having throbbing pain at night is not necessarily enjoyable, and I was having to take pain medicine just to go to sleep and that was messing up my stomach. It was just time, I've been on the pain medication for too long anyways, so it was time to cut that off and try alternatives, and this is the least invasive of all the alternatives left over."

Bautista has not been able to throw due to the injury, but he said he hopes to be able to return to the field when the Blue Jays play an interleague series at Washington on June 1. 

"It would be pretty hard for all these doctors and experts to have looked at my MRI and not see anything," he said. "So, if you do an exploratory surgery, it would have to be absolutely last resort because it makes no sense unless it gets to the point where I cannot play anymore and this is the only way I can get back on the field."

Bautista is hitting .215/.364/.454 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 130 at-bats this season.


Blue Jays' Jose Bautista remains sidelined Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

Bautista's absence was expected after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder this weekend. He's just 1 for 15 in his last five games but has hit .215/.364/.454 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 130 at-bats this season.

The Blue Jays are heavy favorites (-160) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Jose Bautista out of Blue Jays' lineup after cortisone shot


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Blue Jays DH Jose Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, per Toronto's 590 AM. Bautista is out of the lineup Sunday and will likely miss Monday as well. 

Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH from first base to replace Bautista, with Justin Smoak getting the start at first. 

Munenori Kawasaki also gets his second start of the year second base, replacing Steve Tolleson

Danny Valencia also gets a rest. Chris Colabello moves over from right field to left to replace him. Ezequiel Carrera replaces Colabello in right. 


Blue Jays still creating a plan to keep Bautista, Encarnacion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Blue Jays want to lock up designated hitter Jose Bautista and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion to long-term extensions, but have yet to come up with a plan, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Both Bautista and Encarnacion are under contract through at least 2015.

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista homers, drives in three runs Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista went 3 for 4 with a walk, a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 10-6 win over the Angels on Monday.

Bautista delivered an RBI double in the second inning and then came around to score to give his team a 4-0 lead. After the Angels took the lead in the top of the sixth, the Blue Jays came back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning before Bautista smashed a two-run homer in the seventh.

Bautista has hit .235/.375/.504 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 115 at-bats.


Blue Jays' Jose Bautista resumes throwing Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista threw from a distance of 40 feet on Monday and the team said he'll continue progress, TSN reports.

Bautista has been limited to DH duties while nursing a shoulder injury, but it appears he's on the bath toward working his way back into outfield work. He has hit .216/.360/.459 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 111 at-bats.


Blue Jays slot Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista atop lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Blue Jays are using third baseman Josh Donaldson as the leadoff hitter on Monday while slotting designated hitter Jose Bautista second.

Regular leadoff hitter Devon Travis is out of the lineup for a second straight day Monday, but rather than plug a replacement atop the lineup and leave most of the team's batters in their normal spots, Donaldson and Bautista will bat one-two for the second time this season, followed by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion in the No. 3 spot and catcher Russell Martin batting cleanup. It's the same configuration the team used on May 1 with both Travis and Jose Reyes out of the lineup.

The Blue Jays are home underdogs (+113) on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Blue Jays have no plans to send Jose Bautista (shoulder) to DL


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said as long as Jose Bautista can continue producing with his bat, the team has no plans to send him to the disabled list, reports SportsNet.

Bautista is nursing a shoulder injury, but he has continued to see time as the team's designated hitter. He is 3 for 11 in his last three games with one home run.


Jose Bautista goes deep in Blue Jays' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista went 1 for 3 and hit a home run in Thursday's loss to Houston. 

Bautista is battling shoulder soreness, and he ended a 14-game homerless drought. Bautista had gone 46 at bats since his last home run. 

Bautista went 1 for 3 with a walk. He hit his fifth homer of the season and drove in his 19th run.


Blue Jays not considering DL for Jose Bautista


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Outfielder Jose Bautista has been bothered by nagging shoulder soreness, but the Blue Jays have no plans to put the slugger on the disabled list. 

Manager John Gibbons said the Jays aren't considering a move to the DL, because they'd rather have him in the lineup as a designated hitter than not at all, per MLB.com.


Blue Jays' Jose Bautista can't shake off nagging shoulder injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista continues to battle with a nagging shoulder injury that has bothered him for awhile.

The slugger has too much soreness in his shoulder to begin throwing and is expected to be on the bench to "expedite the healing process," manager John Gibbons said per Sportsnet.

"It's hard to say a number of days, it's impossible to predict," Bautista said after making the final out as a pinch hitter in a 5-2 loss to the Orioles on Monday. "Sometimes I wake up and I can't brush my hair, sometimes I wake up and it feels OK, obviously not good enough to throw.

"It changes from day to day, I can't tell you why, I just can't throw."

Bautista may still be used as a designated hitter for the time being, but it is unknown when he could return to the field. 

"I know how to deal with it," Bautista said of his injury, "it's doing what I'm doing. The team wants me to hit, it doesn't hurt me to swing, so I'm doing what the team wants. I want to swing, I want to be in the lineup, obviously I want to play defense, but I can't throw."


Jays' Jose Bautista sitting Monday to 'expedite' RF return, could pinch hit


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is sitting Jose Bautista out of Monday's lineup in Baltimore to help "expedite" his return to right field, reports the Toronto Star.

Bautisa, who will be available to pinch hit, has also struggled against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (career 2 for 29).

Bautista has a sore shoulder and has not played in right since April 21, serving as the designated hitter for the last 12 of 13 games.

Blue Jays to sit Bautista on Monday, start Carrera in left


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) The Blue Jays will sit outfielder/designated hitter Jose Bautista Monday in Baltimore and set their outfield with Chris Colabello in right field, Ezequiel Carrera in left and start Edwin Encarnacion at DH.

Bautista, who has been dealing with a sore shoulder, has started 12 of the last 13 games for the Blue Jays at DH.

Bautista has also struggled against the Orioles starting pitcher for Monday, Ubaldo Jimenez, going 2 for 29 in his career. 

Carrera will make his first start of the season in left, as all six of his starts this season have been in right.


No timetable yet for Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista to return to field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) There remains no timetable for Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista to return to right field, per MLB.com. Bautista will need multiple days of throwing before he can return to the field. 

Bautista has been limited to DH duties since late April because of a shoulder injury. He is batting .265 with one home run, five doubles, six runs, seven RBI and six walks in 10 games since moving into the lineup as a DH.


Blue Jays' Jose Bautista back in the starting lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Yankees and batting third, the team announced.

Bautista got the day off Tuesday to rest his ailing shoulder after making eight straight starts. Bautista is hitting .205 with 17 RBI in 78 at-bats this season. Toronto is currently the favorites (-110) against New York.


Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista gets a day off Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who has been limited to DH duties because of a shoulder injury, was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Yankees. It was the first time in eight games he was held out of the starting lineup.

Manager John Gibbons said it was just a day off for Bautista since he wanted to get Justin Smoak in the lineup and move Edwin Encarnacion to DH for Tuesday's game.

Bautista has hit safely in five straight games and is batting .290 in his last eight games. He has one home run, five doubles, seven RBI, six runs, four walks and 13 strikeouts in that span.


Blue Jays GM on Jose Bautista: 'He is still a little sore'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was in the starting lineup as the designated hitter for the eighth consecutive game on Monday, the team announced. Bautista is still battling a sore shoulder that has been nagging him for the last couple of weeks.

General Manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated that Bautista is still sore and the team will check his status at the end of the three-game series against the Yankees. Bautista sat out five games earlier this season due to the shoulder injury. Since returning to the lineup, he is hitting .333 (8 for 24) with a home run and seven RBI.

Anthopoulos also mentioned that Bautista won't start throwing until later on in the week, and doesn't expect to be back in right field until next week at the earliest, according to SportsNet.ca. 


Blue Jays' Ezequiel Carrera gets second straight start in right


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Ezequiel Carrera will start his second straight game in right field for the Blue Jays on Sunday. 

Carrera played his first MLB game of 2015 on Saturday, going 1 for 2 with a run scored. He'll bat ninth on Sunday, while Jose Bautista starts his seventh straight game at DH. 


It's 'impossible to throw' for Blue Jays ailing OF Jose Bautista


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) A sore shoulder certainly didn't prevent Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista from swinging the bat Saturday in Cleveland. He did that quite well with four RBI.

But he served as a designated hitter for the sixth straight game because he simply can't throw. John Gibbons told MLB.com that he hopes Bautista can resume throwing Sunday or Monday, but the player in question didn't express the same level of optimism.

"It's getting better, but I don't know when I can throw a baseball," he said. "It's frustrating, but what can I do? It's physically impossible for me to throw a baseball right now."


Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista drives in four in Saturday rout


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has managed some weird streaks this season. The first was a nine-game period in which all four of hits went yard.

That ended, but he has maintained perhaps a more unusual statistic throughout. He has not had any one-RBI game this year. He has seven multiple-RBI games, the latest of which came Saturday when he drove in a season-high four in a rout of the Indians.

Bautista, whose average has now peaked at .203, singled in two runs in the fifth and doubled in two more in the sixth. He has 17 RBI this year.


Still unknown when Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (shoulder) will return to OF


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Bothered by a shoulder injury, the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista has still not resumed throwing activities and has no clear timetable of when he'll return to playing the outfield, reports MLB.com.

Bautista had missed five games with a sore shoulder before returning to the lineup as the designated hitter on April 27.