Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista exited this afternoon’s game in the fourth inning with what the team is calling left hip soreness.
Bautista went 0-for-1 with a walk before leaving and Anthony Gose came off the bench to replace him, with Rajai Davis shifting over to right field.
After missing 70 games last season Bautista has played 118 of 125 games this year, hitting .259 with 28 homers, 24 doubles, and an .856 OPS that’s 136 points below his combined OPS from 2010-2012.
The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have released catcher Francisco Cervelli. No waivers, no DFA. Just his unconditional release.
Cervelli had been on a rehab assignment in the minors in his efforts to come back from a concussion. He had been sidelined since May, and there had been no timeline for his return, but he played in a minor league game as recently as Monday.
Over the summer, however, Cervelli voiced doubts about his ability to continue catching in light of the six concussions he’s weathered over the last decade. At one point he said he could not catch again but then walked it back. Whether his release was requested and whether Cervelli plans to end his big league career is not yet known.
I’m sure we’ll hear more about this soon.
UPDATE: Um, OK. Based on this I guess it’s more of a matter of the Pirates simply not wanting him anymore: