Things went from bad to worse for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday when Jose Bautista was shut down for the remainder of the 2013 MLB season. The disappointing season is now officially over the Jays, who lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday to fall to last place in the AL East and 19 games back of the division-leading Boston Red Sox.
Bautista and the Blue Jays were counting on a breakout season in 2013 that included a playoff appearance, but injuries and under-achieving players resulted in the opposite of that. But things aren’t completely lost for the 2014 campaign.
Toronto’s slugger was on pace to hit 38 home runs this season, which means not everyone on the Blue Jays’ roster was disappointing. But a bone bruise on the femur isn’t what any 33-year-old outfielder wants to deal with while trying to gear up for another hyped season. If Bautista wants to stay in Toronto for the remainder of his career and see some success during that time, he needs to get healthy and the Blue Jays need to get their heads in the game.