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MacArthur: Injuries mount as Blue Jays swept in doubleheader

Scott MacArthur

8/20/2013 10:42:53 PM

NEW YORK - The Blue Jays lost two games and two players in a long, costly Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

After 8-4 and 3-2 losses, the latter in walk off fashion, Jose Bautista was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his left hip.

The slugger said he was injured on a scoring play, in a home game a couple of weeks ago, and the pain continued to build to the point he removed himself in the fourth inning on Tuesday afternoon.

"It just kept getting worse and worse and worse," said Bautista. "It got to the point, (Tuesday) after a day off and taking anti-inflammatories it just got to enough pain that I got a little worried. Decided to go check it out and it was no surprise from the doctor that I was in some pain."

Bautista will remain with the ball club has takes to rest and treatment for the injury.

One week from now, Bautista will begin to ride the exercise bike. Toward the end of his stint on the disabled list, Bautista is eligible to return for the September 6 game in Minnesota, he'll be reevaluated and if given the green light by doctors, will begin baseball activity.

"I'm not expecting to be shut down," said Bautista. "From what the doctor said, I have full trust in his diagnosis, from what he said after the two weeks he expects the bone bruise to be somewhat healed, if not completely. After that a couple of days of baseball action and I'll be ready to go."

In 118 games this season Bautista has a slash line of .259/.358/.498 with 28 home runs.

"I don't think I'm doing this team any favours being out there and not being ready to play," he said.

Meantime, Maicer Izturis sprained his left ankle running out a ground ball in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game.

He's listed as day to day and neither Izturis or manager John Gibbons could confirm Izturis' availability for Wednesday.

Moises Sierra is the only outfielder remaining in the minor leagues on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster.

Expect Sierra to be recalled on Wednesday. In 100 games with Triple-A Buffalo, Sierra has a slash line of .261/.309/.422 with 11 home runs and 106 strike outs.

REYES LIKES LAWRIE AT THIRD BASE

Jose Reyes' left ankle, which was badly sprained on April 12 and cost him 66 games, won't be fully healthy until next spring.

Reyes likes the look of the left side of the infield, provided he and Brett Lawrie can avoid injury.

"He's one of the best third basemen, defensive wise, I mean he's very good out there," said Reyes. "I don't know what the team was doing when they tried to make him a second baseman. I don't know where that idea came from because if you see him playing third base he's good there, very good. You know, that's good to see."

Reyes was at short, Lawrie at third in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Yankees.

Thanks to injuries and a brief attempt to play Lawrie at second base, the Jays have lined up with Reyes and short and Lawrie at third only 25 times this season.

SATURDAY'S STARTER UP IN THE AIR

With Esmil Rogers and Mark Buehrle both making Tuesday starts, the Blue Jays need a pitcher for Saturday.

"I'm not sure which direction we're going to go, you know, to be honest with you," said manager John Gibbons. "We've got enough front office guys in town for this series we ought to be able to figure it out."

The Blue Jays have off days on August 29 and three in early September (5, 9, 16,) which will afford Gibbons the luxury of juggling his rotation. He says he intends to keep R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle on schedule, pitching every fifth day.

KAWASAKI'S CANADIAN SON

Munenori Kawasaki is back with the Blue Jays after the birth of his first child, a son, Issho Airc Kawasaki.

"He's a Canuck, eh," said Kawasaki, whose wife gave birth in Toronto.

Less than three days after the big moment on Friday, Kawasaki knows his life has changed.

"It'll be tiring," said Kawasaki. "No sleeping but very happy."

Kawasaki was activated from the paternity list on the off day Monday. Thad Weber was optioned to Buffalo but then recalled for Tuesday's games.

Teams are allowed to carry a 26th player on doubleheader days.