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Blue Jays place Jose Bautista on the disabled list, option Thad Weber, recall Moises Sierra, also Maicer Izturis injured

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After leaving game one of the doubleheader against the New York Yankees in the fourth inning, Jose Bautista lands on the disabled list with a bruised left hip, according to a Barry Davis tweet. According to John Gibbons, Bautista went to get an MRI on his hip. The Blue Jays will shut him down for two weeks of treatment before a re-evaluation can be completed. This means that all three of the Blue Jays' starting outfielders, Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera, and Colby Rasmus, are on the disabled list.

Gibbons said that the injury was sustained last week on a slide in the home series against the Red Sox. I haven't gotten a chance to look at his slides from that series so I'm not sure which one it may have been.

The corresponding move to bring someone up to fill Bautista's roster spot has yet to be made [see update below]; however Shi Davidi announced that the Blue Jays have optioned their 26th man Thad Weber back to the Buffalo Bisons. Speaking about the Bisons, they are really hurting for offense right now--they have scored all of one run in their last three games, falling into a tie for third place, 4.5 games behind first place in the division, and 3.5 games behind the Wild Card. Now the Bisons will be losing one of their outfielders, most probably Moises Sierra, the only remaining outfielder on the 40-man roster. The Bisons have already lost Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose to the big club (all in a week), so they will have to try to push for a playoff spot with Brad Glenn, Ricardo Nanita, and Mike McCoy.

But hey--I heard Jeff Francoeur was just designated for assignment. And this time I am only half-kidding!

In game two of the doubleheader, Maicer Izturis also left the game with an apparent ankle injury.


Some quotes from the great assemblage of beat reporters:

A particular tweet was surprising, though:

It seems that Bautista and Gibbons had problems communicating about exactly when the injury occurred.

Just to note, when Bautista is ready to play again in two weeks, he will have to rehab with a minor league club that is in the playoffs, as their regular season ends next week. Hopefully it would be with the Bisons, if Buffalo is out of it by then, Bautista can rehab with Dunedin. I guess that's good news for them!

Also, there was some news, bad news, about Izturis:



As expected, the Blue Jays have recalled Moises Sierra to replace Jose Bautista, as reported--as a fact--by Mike Wilner.

This means that on Wednesday, the Blue Jays are likely to start an outfield comprised of Gose, Pillar, and Sierra--the same outfield the Bisons used just seven days ago. With Maicer Izturis hurt, perhaps Munenori Kawasaki would start at short too. I wonder how often four of nine starters of a minor league affiliate become four of nine starters of the major league club in the span of a week.


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