Bautista said he is not able to pinpoint exactly when the injury occurred, but that it happened on the home stand after the All-Star break. This is the second season in a row in which Bautista has been shut down early, he has played just 210 games over the past two seasons batting .251/.358/.510 with 55 HR.
According to Brandon Kennedy of the Toronto Star, if the Blue Jays were in contention at the moment Bautista would likely be able to return before the season’s end, but with the Blue Jays scuffling well out of the playoff race it makes little sense now.
Bautista remaining on the sidelines allows the Blue Jays to continue to give extended looks at the former Buffalo Bisons outfielders currently patrolling the outfield for the Blue Jays in Kevin Pillar, Anthony Gose, and Moises Sierra. The increased reps for these guys at the Major League level will allow the Blue Jays to properly evaluate what they have heading into 2014, and perhaps decide which of these three will take the Rajai Davis/Melky Cabrera roles next season.