Initial tests on Jose Bautista’s wrist injury showed nothing broken, but the Blue Jays have placed the slugger on the disabled list with what they’re officially calling wrist inflammation.
No word yet on his potential return timetable, as he’s expected to undergo further testing to rule out anything more serious.
In the meantime the Blue Jays have called up top prospect Anthony Gose, an incredibly fast 21-year-old center fielder who was acquired from the Astros (via the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt trade) for Brett Wallace in mid-2010.
Gose obviously can’t replace Bautista’s production offensively, but he was hitting .292 with a .375 on-base percentage and 29 steals in 92 games at Triple-A. He draw walks, has gap power, runs like crazy, and can track down everything in the outfield.
As for Bautista, he heads to the DL with the AL’s second-most homers, second-most walks, and third-most RBIs, and had been on fire following a slow start with a 1.021 OPS in 58 games since mid-May.
UPDATE: Structural damage has been ruled out and Bautista said he’s hoping to come off the DL after the minimum 15 days.
Austin Romine is starting at catcher and batting ninth for the Yankees in today’s ALCS Game 4 versus the Astros.
Gary Sanchez is still in the lineup, but he’s the DH. That means Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley and Matt Holliday are all on the bench.
Sanchez was lambasted for not holding on to the relay throw in Game 2, allowing Jose Altuve to score the winning run despite getting beat to the plate by the ball by several feet. That, combined with earlier passed balls, led some in the press to lobby for Romine to get the call behind the plate. Those calls tended to ignore the fact that Romine can’t hit a lick and that he is inferior to Sanchez when it comes to gunning down runners. Maybe a ball doesn’t skip by Romine that would have eluded Sanchez, but if I’m Jose Altuve or Alex Bregman or one of the speedier Astros, I’m running wild on Romine any time I get on base today.
The offensive knock is not quite as big a deal at the moment as it normally would be. Sanchez is in an 0-for-16 slump, but Romine isn’t replacing his bat he’s replacing either Ellsbury, Headley or Holliday. None of those guys are hitting at all, so I don’t suppose this is that big of a deal. Discuss amongst yourselves if you’d rather have a guy who is as cold as ice in the lineup who might hit versus a guy you can be pretty sure isn’t gonna hit regardless.
Either way, it’s a different look for the Yankees in Game 4.