|Bautista says he's back to 100 percent. (US Presswire)|
Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista missed most of the second half of last season with a left wrist injury. Eventually, he had season-ending surgery on Sept. 4 to repair his issue. He has since been rehabbing, and it sounds like he's all the way back.
"I've already done what I've needed to do except for hit off live pitching," said Bautista (sportsnet.ca). "I don't think I'll see any live pitching until spring training starts. I'm hitting and I've swung as hard as I could in the cage, and I feel fine. It doesn't go through my head; I'm just eager to get going."
Bautista also told reporters, "There's no doubt if we had a game tonight I'd be playing." (sportsnet.ca)
Considering we're still weeks away from spring training, it's reasonable to expect that Bautista will enter the 2013 season with his wrist injury being an issue of the past.
Bautista, 32, hit .241/.358/.527 with 27 homers, 65 RBI and 64 runs in 399 plate appearances last season. He led the majors in home runs the previous two seasons with 54 and 43, respectively, but expectations for the Blue Jays will be a bit different this time around. Bautista now anchors a lineup with Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera, not to mention powerful holdovers like Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie.