Jose Bautista receives cortisone shot in ailing shoulder

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Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hasn’t been able to play in the field since April 21 due a nagging shoulder injury, but he hopes to change that soon.

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, Bautista received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Sunday. The injury has been described as a “right shoulder strain” until now, but Bautista revealed to reporters on Monday that he’s dealing with “inflammation inside the shoulder joint which causes an impingement.” Options for treatment include rest and exploratory surgery, but he determined that a cortisone shot was “the least invasive but most aggressive next step.”

Bautista has missed the last two games and will resume a throwing program on Tuesday to see if the cortisone shot did its job. The Blue Jays play three games next week against the Nationals under National League rules and have a two-game series against the Mets in New York from June 15-16, so the Blue Jays won’t have the luxury of using him in the DH spot.

Bautista is batting just .215 through 40 games this season, but he has seven home runs and a .364 on-base percentage to go along with an .817 OPS.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

Andrew McCutchen
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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.