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Jose Bautista | Designated Hitter

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/19/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
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Jose Bautista is not in Sunday's lineup after being given a cortisone shot for his ailing right shoulder.
Bautista has been dealing with the shoulder malady for over a month now and just can't get over the hump. It appears at this point that he'll continue to play through it, although he'll have to keep doing it in the designated hitter spot. May 24 - 11:11 AM

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Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

It looks like just a routine day off. Edwin Encarnacion is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Justin Smoak handling first base and Ezequiel Carrera covering right field.
May 24 - 10:48 AM

Jose Bautista went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in Monday's win over the Angels.

The longball -- which came in the seventh inning off of Cesar Ramos -- was just Bautista's second in his last 19 games. The slugger now has seven dingers on the season and has upped his average to a season-high .235. Bautista remains limited to designated hitter duties due to his ailing shoulder.
May 18 - 4:52 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) played catch at 40 feet in an indoor batting cage Monday morning.

Bautista said he felt good after the pregame workout, but he obviously needs to extend the distance of his throws much further before the Blue Jays can feel comfortable putting him back in right field. Bautista is at DH again on Monday afternoon against the Angels.
May 18 - 1:39 PM

Jose Bautista homered Thursday for the first time since April 28.

Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion went back-to-back off the Astros' Roberto Hernandez in the first inning. Bautista has actually upped his average while playing through his sore shoulder these last 2 1/2 weeks, but it took him a long time to turn the page from five to six homers.
May 14 - 11:03 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Orioles.

Bautista is still battling a sore shoulder, so he'll DH on Tuesday with Chris Colabello getting another turn in right field. Edwin Encarnacion is starting at first base and Justin Smoak is on the bench.
May 12 - 4:51 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) said Monday that he's not sure when he'll be able to resume throwing.

Bautista has been dealing with a sore shoulder over the past couple of weeks and was held out of the starting lineup Monday in order to get some rest. "It’s hard to say a number of days, it’s impossible to predict," said Bautista, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter to end Monday's game. "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." The 34-year-old said there's no pain when he swings the bat, but he also admitted that it's probably not helping the healing process. He'll continue to DH as he battles through the injury, but this is not an ideal situation for Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
May 12 - 9:37 AM

Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night against the Orioles.

It's a day of rest for Bautista, who's been dealing with a sore shoulder. He stirred up some drama with the O's the last time these two teams played, so that may be something to watch in this three-game series. Chris Colabello is in right field on Monday and Edwin Encarnacion is serving as Toronto's DH.
May 11 - 3:23 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

Bautista is dealing with a sore right shoulder, but this is just a day off for match-up reasons. Facing Yankee starter Michael Pineda, Baustista is just 2-for-17 in his career. Edwin Encarnacion moves to DH in Bautista's place.
May 5 - 3:47 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) won't return to playing the outfield until at least next week.

Bautista won't start throwing until later this week as he tries to manage a sore right shoulder. The good news is that he'll keep playing, remaining in the designated hitter spot.
May 4 - 4:38 PM

Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, an RBI single, and a solo home run to help the Blue Jays win on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Bautista contributed a sacrifice fly to the Jays' five-run third inning, then helped kickstart a three-run fourth with an RBI single. In the eighth inning, he belted a solo home run off of Craig Breslow. Bautista returned to the lineup on Monday after battling a shoulder issue and went hitless, so it was good to see him swing well on Tuesday. He's batting .167/.333/.463 with five home runs and 13 RBI as the month of April nears its end.
Apr 28 - 10:33 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
Apr 27 - 5:06 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is planning to take batting practice before Monday's game in Boston.

He won't be in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night, but Bautista does expect to return at some point during this three-game series at Fenway Park. The 34-year-old slugger has been out since last Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. He had four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before the injury.
Apr 27 - 12:42 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is hoping to return to the lineup during the series versus the Red Sox early this week.

Bautista hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, although he reported continued improvement on Sunday. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field. Michael Saunders is in right field Sunday.
Apr 26 - 10:58 AM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is likely to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista's sore right shoulder is improving rapidly to the point that he's ruled out the possibility of a disabled list stint. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field.
Apr 24 - 4:54 PM

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C1Russell Martin
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3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
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S1Drew Hutchison
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3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
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4Steve Delabar
5Liam Hendriks
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