Although Jose Bautista has not appeared in the field in over a month, it appears that more than just rest will be required before the Toronto Blue Jays’ will have their five-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger back in their everyday lineup.
Bautista, 34, has been relegated to serving as the team’s regular designated hitter after sustaining an injury against the Baltimore Orioles on April 21. He left that game early with soreness in his right shoulder, following a tense exchange with several Orioles.
The Blue Jays’ front office was hopeful that a period of rest would be enough to avoid further treatments. Despite this most recent period of rest, however, reports have surfaced that there has been only limited progress in his recovery.
It was announced on Sunday that he will likely miss the next two game after receiving a cortisone shot to alleviate inflammation. It will be a few days before the results become evident, due to the fact the similar treatments often leave the injection sightly tender for several days after.
Prior to undergoing cortisone treatments, Bautista had recently begun a throwing regimen in an attempt to evaluate whether rest had been enough to treat his nagging soreness.
Of greater concern is Bautista’s history of injury, which has resulted in visits to the disabled list in six separate seasons.
Bautista, a ten-year veteran from the Dominican Republic, is currently batting .215 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in his limited role.