Jose Bautista undergoing MRI exam on injured neck, likely out until weekend

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Jose Bautista’s sore neck has gotten worse and the Blue Jays slugger is headed for an MRI exam, according to John Lott of the National Post.

Even if the MRI exam reveals nothing serious manager John Farrell said that he expects Bautista to remain out of the lineup until at least the weekend.

Bautista got off to a great start and stayed hot after returning from a brief paternity leave, hitting .357 with nine homers and a 1.292 OPS in 25 games overall before leaving Sunday’s loss to the Yankees in the seventh inning.