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Mon, 13 May 2013 11:13:48 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista is hitting only .246 this year, but he had two home runs Sunday, May 12, and 16 of his 28 hits this season are for extra bases. He hit just .200 with an .836 OPS and a 23 percent strikeout rate in April, but he's batting .333 with a 1.017 OPS and an 11 percent K rate in May. He's already walked 10 times after walking 11 times last month. Bautista is also being more patient, swinging at only 16 percent of pitches outside the strike zone in his last 53 plate appearances. He had a .253 hard-hit average last month and has a .262 hard-hit average in May. His hard-hit average is how often he's making solid contact. He was 12-for-19 when hitting balls hard last month and is 10-for-10 in May.
Fantasy Tip: The hard-hit average that Simon discusses mainly relates to Bautista's BABIP, or batting average on balls in play, specifically related to balls that he squares up. He may be placing balls better in a small sample size this month, and the fact that he's being more selective is perhaps the most positive sign that Bautista is heating up at the plate.
Wed, 01 May 2013 13:36:31 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he is no longer considering moving 3B Brett Lawrie to second base and playing OF Jose Bautista at third base.
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:12:19 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back) returned to right field Sunday, April 21, after making two starts as the designated hitter. Bautista missed four games with a sore back last week.
Fantasy Tip: Bautista appears to be fully recovered from his back issue last week, so continue to run him out there on a daily basis.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 20:04:56 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back, ear) went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and a strikeout Friday, April 19, against the New York Yankees in his return to the lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Bautista served as the designated hitter, and he will do so for the remainder of the series due to the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. If he can make it through the weekend, it will be safe to plug him back into the active fantasy lineup in all formats heading into the new week.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:38:44 -0700
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back, ear) returned to the lineup Friday, April 19, as the designated hitter. He said the back spasms he experienced earlier in the week were primarily an inconvenience. "It's more frustrating than scary," Bautista said. "I knew that I wasn't going to be hurt for a long time."
Fantasy Tip: Manager John Gibbons said Bautista will DH for the remainder of the three-game series in order to protect his back from the artificial playing surface at Rogers Centre. Bautista said he is feeling better than earlier in the week, and is pretty close to 100 percent.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:48:25 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back) is back in the lineup Friday, April 19.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:16:14 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said there are no plans right now to put OF Jose Bautista (back) on the disabled list. "We don't think it'll be too much longer," Gibbons said.
Fantasy Tip: Gibbons said Bautista is showing progress, which is a good sign, but it doesn't mean Bautista won't eventually end up on the DL anyway. Make backup plans in case this goes south.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:26:22 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back) said there is no timetable for his return. He has been receiving treatment for his back spasms, and just when he starts to feel better, he has felt worse. "It's happened to me the last two nights, where I leave here and I feel like I'm going to be good enough the next day to play, and I just wake up and it's tight again. Hopefully that doesn't happen tonight," he said. Tests have shown no structural damage to his back, but he doesn't want to do baseball activities to aggravate his condition.
Fantasy Tip: There's nothing you can do at the moment except for sit Bautista on your bench until he gets healthy. In the meantime, you may want to add some outfield depth in case his injury turns out to be more serious. Hopefully we have some kind of solution to this soon.
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:07:21 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back) is out of the lineup Thursday, April 18.
Fantasy Tip: The longer Bautista remains out, the more we should be concerned that this is a lingering issue that we should be worried about. Rajai Davis is benefitting in the short term. He's worth a look in mixed leagues for his stolen base prowess if Bautista's injury keeps him out for longer.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:10:03 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back) is still sore, and he's unlikely to be available to pinch hit Wednesday, April 17.