So where do the Jays go from here? Best starter, closer and now the home run champ on the DL. The Blue Jays' front office likely won't be pushed around by an injury to its star player, Jose Bautista. Tight-lipped GM Alex Anthopoulos always has a plan and though he is loath to discuss it, there is a consistency to his personnel decisions that's admirable. They'll still be looking for pitching right now.
Just as Anthopoulos wouldn't buckle to the ultimatum of Vlad Guerrero to promote or else release, or crumble to the two-Vegas-starts-then-majors imposed deadline of Jamie Moyer, this may have shaken him, but it hasn't stirred him to become a seller all of a sudden. Not five days after locking up Edwin Encarnacion for three years, plus an option. Both Guerrero and Moyer might have showed short-term gain, but the third-year GM won't alter his strategy towards team-building.
And the best strategies for building a mediocre-performing sports organization into a winner are never day-to-day, despite injuries that sometimes are. Thus, Monday's injury to Bautista — diagnosed as left wrist inflammation, with a Tuesday MRI revealing no significant damage — will not be enough to change plans as the July 31 deadline approaches. Bautista is eligible to return Aug. 1 and he has shown through the years, he has a high pain threshold.
Jose Bautista on DL, but Blue Jays unlikely to alter strategy
Toronto Star | Jul 18