The Toronto Blue Jays suffered a couple of injuries to key players on Sunday afternoon while playing their game against the Cincinnati Reds.
One, a broken finger sustained by infielder Brett Lawrie, will cost them a key player who will be placed on the disabled list. The other, a leg injury sustained by Jose Bautista, will be assessed on Monday to decide if further action will be required.
Bautista injured himself on the kind of play that the Blue Jays do not normally care for him to make (or even attempt). With two runners on against Johnny Cueto, Bautista put down a surprise drag bunt between third base and the mound. While Cueto struggled to make the play and Bautista legged it out to load the bases, the fact that he injured his leg in the process diminishes the importance of the play.
According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Bautista will have an MRI on Monday:
The 33-year-old is scheduled to undergo an MRI when the Blue Jays return home on Monday. Until then, he doesn’t want to say whether there’s a belief this could be a long-term issue or something that requires just a few days of rest.
“I don’t feel too bad but I really want to see what the MRI says before I can answer a question like that,” Bautista said. “I might not feel too bad, but the MRI might show some inflammation or irritation.
As the Blue Jays try to remain atop the AL East, they will hope that Bautista only needs a day or two to rest this injury. And once he does return, they might talk to him about taking it easy on the drag bunts.
Here is the video of Bautista’s injury: