After stubbing his toe in a high-speed collision with Citizens Bank Park’s right field wall, Jose Bautista has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and Darrell Ceciliani has been recalled from the Buffalo Bisons to take his place on the roster.
Blue Jays have yet to announce anything officially but it's a toe injury for Bautista; the big one on his left foot. X-rays were negative.— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) June 17, 2016
#bluejays Trainer George Poulis tells us Bautista has a sprained big toe. He's in a walking boot and is awaiting more x-rays.— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) June 17, 2016
Interestingly, Bautista’s toe was not found to be actually broken according to initial X-rays. Perhaps the pain of the toe sprain—which was obvious immediately after the crash on Thursday night—combined with Bautista’s hip issue from earlier this week, and the Jays’ lack of a real fifth outfielder was enough to force the club to shut him down for 15 days.
Darrell Ceciliani was traded to the Blue Jays for cash or a player to be named from the New York Mets just before spring training began this season. The lefty hitter became known to many Blue Jays fans during spring training compiling a nifty .417/.500/.833 slash line through 36 at bats, slugging 4 homers in that stretch. Ceciliani has not done as well in triple-A so far, hitting a meagre .217/.271/.283 with no homers, splitting his time patrolling left and centrefield. The Madras (Oregon, not India) native turns 26 next Wednesday and made his major league debut with the Mets last year, remaining in the major leagues between mid-May and early June.
The Blue Jays have opted not to recall hometown favourite Dalton Pompey for this stint despite his putting up much better numbers than Ceciliani, possibly in an attempt to get Pompey continued regular playing time. The danger of calling him up and placing him on the bench (as Ezequiel Carrera will likely be the starting right fielder) is that he might get off rhythm or feel like he has to press to perform during the (hopefully) short period of Bautista’s absence.
A little bit of extra news is that Scott Diamond has passed through waivers and has been successfully outrighted back to triple-A Buffalo after his single disastrous appearance with Toronto, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.
Source: Blue Jays outright LHP Scott Diamond to AAA after he cleared waivers. Diamond accepted assignment.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) June 17, 2016