General manager Ross Atkins said the Blue Jays informed Bautista that they won't pick up his mutual option for 2018, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Atkins didn't rule out Bautista returning to the Blue Jays on a new contract, but he called the scenario unlikely. This doesn't come as too much of a surprise given his unremarkable .203/.308/.366 line and his 24.7 percent strikeout rate in 157 games this season. He'll look to catch on elsewhere, though his expectations for next season should be kept in check given his noticeable decline over the previous two seasons.
Bautista was ejected from Monday's game in Boston after arguing a called third strike during the eighth inning. Bautista finished the night 1-for-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .204. Ezequiel Carrera took over in right field following the ejection.
Bautista is out of Monday's lineup against Baltimore, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. In the midst of a disappointing season, Bautista has had some success at the plate recently. Since the start of September, he's hit .313/.389/.594 and slugged two home runs over 32 at-bats. He'll head to the bench Monday as Teoscar Hernandez gets the nod in right field.
Bautista is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Red Sox. After getting seven at-bats in Tuesday's 19-inning loss in Boston, the veteran will take a seat. Ezequiel Carrera will start in right field and lead off against righty Doug Fister.
Bautista is out of Friday's lineup against the Orioles. With rosters expanding, the Blue Jays have plenty of options to spell the veteran slugger. Teoscar Hernandez will make his debut with the Blue Jays in right field, hitting eighth.
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