Jose Bautista will undergo wrist surgery, miss remainder of season


Joey Bats is done for the year. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

The team announced the decision on its Twitter feed.

Bautista began the season with a miserable slump, but despite playing only 92 games this season, he eclipsed 25 home runs for the third consecutive year and was selected to his third straight All-Star Game.

The 31-year-old right fielder never fully recovered from his sluggish start and hit just .241 on the season. But his power totals — 27 home runs and 65 RBIs — once again made him one of the top sluggers in the game. Seemingly out of nowhere, Bautista led the majors in homers in 2010 and 2011 with 54 and 43 home runs, respectively.

Bautista first injured the wrist and went on the disabled list on July 16th and did not not return to the lineup until Aug. 24. He returned to the DL the next day.

According to a CBSSports.com report, the recovery timetable for the procedure is 3-4 months, which should allow Bautista to be fully healthy in time for the 2013 season.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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