Jose Bautista injured his right shoulder on Tuesday, attempting to throw out Delmon Young at first base from right field. As a result, he was held out of the lineup both on Wednesday and Thursday. There was some thought that Bautista would need a stint on the 15-day disabled list, but that has changed, as Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Manager John Gibbons said of Bautista, “I don’t think we’re going to have to DL him. He feels much better today.”
That’s good news for the Jays, who would sorely miss Bautista’s bat in the lineup. He’s carrying a lopsided .149/.322/.426 triple-slash line with four home runs and 10 RBI in 59 plate appearances. Bautista will likely test his shoulder prior to Friday night’s game against the Rays and the club will progress from there.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.