Jose Bautista is not in the Blue Jays’ lineup tonight against the A’s and has left the team due to a “personal family matter,” according to John Lott of the National Post.
He’s expected to miss the entire three-game series versus Oakland and for now Juan Rivera is taking his place in right field with Edwin Encarnacion shifting to designated hitter and Jayson Nix getting the start at third base.
Bautista is off to an excellent start as he tries to follow up one of the most out-of-nowhere breakouts in MLB history, hitting .455 with two homers and a league-leading four walks through three games.
Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.
Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:
Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.
Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.