Jose Bautista needs another MRI due to lingering wrist pain

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer
The wrist injury from July 16 lingers for the Toronto slugger. (Getty Images)

Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hasn't been able to totally shake some pain from his lingering wrist injury, so he'll undergo a second MRI.

"He's still complaining of some soreness in one small area, there's a recommendation of a follow-up MRI just to compare it to the original MRI," said manager John Farrell (sportsnet.ca). "We'll have further information once the MRI is complete."

Bautista hasn't swung a bat since last Wednesday due to this pain in his wrist area.

Bautista, 31, was on his way to perhaps winning a third-straight MLB home run title when he was injured. He's hitting .244/.360/.534 with 27 homers, 65 RBI and 63 runs in 90 games on the season.

The Blue Jays are still on the fringes of the wild-card race, being five games back, but they have four teams between the second spot and their spot in the wild-card standings. While there's no reason to throw in the towel in 2012, it would be more foolish to rush Bautista back and risk further injuring his wrist.

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