|Bautista writhes in pain after his 8th inning injury. (Getty Images)|
Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was forced to leave the game Monday night against the Yankees during his at-bat in the top of the eighth inning. On a 2-0 count, he fouled off a pitch and then fell to the ground in obvious pain. He then left the game holding his left wrist.
After the game, the Blue Jays revealed that X-Rays were negative, but Bautista still isn't out of the woods, as he'll undergo an MRI Tuesday. The good news there is that it's not a broken bone, as a broken hamate, for example, would cost Bautista about six weeks.
"He didn't say exactly when, but through the course of completing the swing he felt a little bit of a popping sensation," Blue Jays manager Farrell said (MLB.com). "As we said, the X-rays are negative, so it's not a bone structure. We have to determine what it is, as far as the ligaments in the wrist area, so that's where the MRI has to come into play tomorrow."
Bautista, 31, entered Monday hitting .244/.360/.534 with 27 home runs, 65 RBI and 63 runs in 90 games this season. He led the majors in home runs in 2010 and 2011, while also leading the majors in walks, slugging and OPS last season.