Toronto's Bautista out but relieved

NEW YORK — Jose Bautista was worried that his injury was worse.

The Blue Jays' star slugger landed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday but was relieved to learn there's no structural damage in his ailing left wrist. He thinks he could return to the lineup as soon as he's eligible, though manager John Farrell said it's too early to tell.

"The last thing that we want is to push this to the point of any kind of relapse or the potential for any other damage that might be incurred if he's not fully ready to go," Farrell said.

Bautista left Monday night's loss to the Yankees after feeling pain in his wrist on an eighth-inning swing that produced a long foul. X-rays were negative, and the Blue Jays said an MRI exam revealed inflammation. The All-Star rightfielder called the injury a strain.

"Just as I was finishing my swing I felt something weird around my wrist, and on the recoil is when I felt sharp pain," said Bautista, who had started all 90 games. "So obviously a little scary at the time. You can't help but think the worst.

"I thought I had torn something or maybe broken my wrist, but that's not the case and I'm happy to know that."

The Blue Jays called up speedy OF Anthony Gose from Triple-A Las Vegas.

ORTIZ OUT: Red Sox DH David Ortiz will be sidelined at least a week with a sore right Achilles' tendon. An MRI exam showed no signs of a tear or rupture. Ortiz, who is in a walking boot, is scheduled to get a second opinion today before the team decides whether to put him on the disabled list.

VOTTO SURGERY: Reds 1B Joey Votto had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee that will keep him out three-four weeks. RHP Todd Redmond was called up from Triple-A Louisville.

EPSTEIN STALKER: A woman was arrested in Chicago and accused of stalking Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, the Chicago Tribune reported. Kathleen Kearney, 44, was arrested near Epstein's home in the Lakeview neighborhood, according to the paper.

BREWERS: Struggling RHP John Axford was pulled from the closer role a day after blowing his sixth save in 22 opportunities. Manager Ron Roenicke said veteran RHP Francisco Rodriguez will replace him.

CARDINALS: LF Matt Holliday left in the first inning after being hit near his left knee by a pitch from Brewers LHP Randy Wolf.

DODGERS: RHP Chad Billingsley went on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

GIANTS: C Hector Sanchez left in the fourth inning after spraining his left knee.

METS: RHP Dillon Gee said he hopes to pitch again this season after surgery to repair an artery in his throwing arm. Gee said he could be cleared to throw within six weeks. Meanwhile, RHP Miguel Batista will fill Gee's rotation spot and start Saturday against the Dodgers.

PADRES: RHP Joe Wieland, on the disabled list since May 10, will have reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow.

RANGERS: RHP Alexi Ogando, out since June 10 with a strained right groin, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. C Yorvit Torrealba was put on the paternity leave list.

ROCKIES: INF Chris Nelson remained hospitalized for observation after being treated for an irregular heartbeat.

ROYALS: LHP Jonathan Sanchez was designated for assignment. Sanchez, acquired in the offseason from the Giants for All-Star OF Melky Cabrera, has a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts.

TWINS: RH reliever Matt Capps is headed back to the disabled list with more shoulder problems.

WHITE SOX: RHP Gavin Floyd went on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching elbow. RHP Philip Humber was activated after missing nearly a month with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow.

Toronto's Bautista out but relieved 07/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:20pm]

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