The Blue Jays' offseason keeps getting better. Outfielder Jose Bautista, who has been rehabbing this offseason after undergoing left wrist surgery in early September, declared himself 100 percent healthy to a group of reporters before a Winter Tour event at Rogers Centre on Saturday. Bautista says he has full range of motion, is pain free, and has been swinging a bat for one month without any setbacks. The right fielder began taking dry swings with a shorter bat, then moved on to a fungo bat before advancing to his regular stick, hitting off a tee and in the batting cage. "There is no doubt that if we had a game tonight, I'd be playing," Bautista said. Bautista is currently swinging in the cages five times a week, as hard as he can, and has no intentions of wearing a protective brace when he resumes play. The only remaining hurdle is to face live pitching, which he won't do until Spring Training begins in Dunedin, Fla., next month. While the slugger is eager to get back to work and looking forward to assembling with his teammates when Spring Training arrives, what Bautista really wants to do before the 2013 season begins is participate in the World Baseball Classic, which starts for his native country, the Dominican Republic, on March 7, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But it's looking increasingly unlikely Bautista will suit up for the event. "We are open-minded, but, right now, the thought is that he won't play," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "But we are going to continue to monitor how he feels and let the doctors make the decision there."
Bautista declares repaired left wrist fully healed
MLB.com | Jan 6