The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that Jose Bautista will miss the remainder of the season after being scheduled to undergo surgery on his left wrist. The slugger first injured his wrist during an at bat against the New York Yankees on July 16 . After missing 34 games for rest and a rehab assignment, Bautista returned to the Blue Jays lineup against the Baltimore Orioles on August 24th only to re-injure his wrist the next day after only five plate appearances.
According to reports, the surgery to repair the tendon sheath in Bautista’s left wrist wrist will be performed at some point next week. Generally speaking, a return to prominence for power hitters like Bautista after suffering a wrist injury that requires surgery can be difficult. In 2008, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had a similar injury and avoided surgery, but struggled through that year and next, leaving doubt about his future before turning things around in 2010.
The Blue Jays right fielder will finish the season with 27 home runs over 399 plate appearances, along with an .886 OPS, .376 wOBA and a 139 wRC+. While still a successful season, his numbers are a significant drop off from his MVP caliber 2011 when he put up a 1.055 OPS, .441 wOBA and a 181 wRC+.