The Blue Jays Winter Tour rolled into Toronto on Saturday, headlined by none other than the face of the franchise, Jose Bautista. Seeing him in Toronto again was a welcome sign for fans, but it was the words he spoke in regards to his injured wrist that had fans truly excited. "There is no doubt that if we had a game tonight, I'd be playing," Bautista said. For the past month, the right-fielder has been swinging a bat without pain and with a full range of motion in his wrist. Considering how that injury marred his 2012 campaign, a season that saw him dip to a .241 batting average, 27 home runs, 65 RBI, and an OPS of .886, a healthy Bautista is a welcome sight to all. The expectations on the 2013 edition of the Toronto Blue Jays are already sky-high, with the acquisitions of R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and Melky Cabrera. However, those expectations are all for naught if Bautista is not in the middle of that line-up. With the tables now set in front of him, and the hopes that Edwin Encarnacion is ready to continue thumping behind him, the Blue Jays are easily one of the most dangerous line-up in the game.
Looking Forward To A Healthy Bautista In 2013
Jays Journal | Jan 6