Jose Bautista spoke to the media this afternoon regarding the results of the MRI on his left wrist, which revealed he has no breaks, tears, or other kinds of structural damage. At his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm has an excellent transcript of what the ailing slugger had to say– almost all of which was rather positive.
It was unthinkable that Jose would have said anything but all the right things about how well he thinks his teammates can do in his absence, but there was plenty of positive takeaway from a medical standpoint as well.
“Treatment right away” is the next step, he says, adding that he’s “already on some medication to alleviate the inflammation.” He’s also “wearing a splint to protect the area.”
Missing the DL “was a possibility,” he says, “but due to the pain that’s around the area right now and the possibility of re-aggravating it and making it worse, they thought there was no need to take that risk.”
“It’s all about pain tolerance, since there’s no structural damage,” he added. “As long as you can tolerate the pain, I’m not going to make it any worse unless I do too much, too soon. I’ll let pain dictate what I can do and hopefully two weeks is enough. I’m thinking it will be.”
As for how the injury itself came about, Bautista says he felt nothing prior to the swing on the long foul ball in the eighth inning. “It’s funny that I’ve read a couple of things about the Derby or the slide at the plate,” he explains. “It has nothing to do with either of those two things.”
“The only thing that I can think of is that I hung on with both hands maybe longer than I usually do. Maybe my wrist got turned in a direction that it never gets turned. That maybe put too much stress in the area and maybe kind of hyperextended it. It’s just a strain, in an area where luckily no ligaments were damaged but it did get irritated,” he says, adding that he “just held on too long with two hands in a weird, awkward position.”
I don’t know about you, but that kinda makes me hopeful that the injury really isn’t so bad and that his 15-day DL stint might be all that’s really needed. Of course, we have no way of knowing how quickly it will take for the pain to subside and for Jose to start getting back to normal, but as good as it was to hear last night that there was no break, hearing today that there wasn’t even any structural damage was better. Fingers crossed.
Be sure to check out the link above to Gregor’s blog for more comments from Jose.
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