Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, a two-time Major League Baseball home run champion, will have season-ending surgery next week to stabilize a tendon in his left wrist.
Bautista, 31, aggravated his left wrist on Aug. 25, his second game back after spending more than five weeks on the disabled list. He opted for surgery after meeting with a hand specialist, who determined that the sheath that holds the wrist ligament in place is damaged and causing discomfort.
“The only way I could have played again this year without having surgery was to do what we did,” Bautista told reporters. “I tried, there’s just too much instability in that tendon. It got to the point where risking injuring the tendon wasn’t worth it.”
Bautista, an outfielder, said he expects to be ready for spring training in 2013. He hit .241 this season with 27 home runs and 65 runs batted in over 92 games.
“Everything points to this being a three-to-four month recovery and rehab to normal strength, likely a six-month total return,” Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. “So that puts him in line to be back in games for spring training, provided all goes according to the protocol, which we fully expect.”
Bautista, who joined Toronto in 2008, led the majors with 54 home runs in 2010 and 43 last year.