Bautista left Toronto's 8-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on August 25 with discomfort in the wrist. It was just his second game back after being sidelined since July 16 when the injury initially occurred.
Bautista spoke to the media on Tuesday (via Sportsnet):
"We followed the course of action that was recommended at each time during the recovery after the original injury. The only way I could have played again this year without having surgery was to do what we did. I tried, there's just too much instability in that tendon. It got to the point where risking injuring to the tendon was not worth it. That's why we're opting to do it now, that way I have plenty of time to be ready for spring training and the season.
We always used pain as an indicator of how far I should push it. What I have now is the same injury I had and the same damage to the anatomy of the area from the original injury, nothing got worse. Using pain as an indication is how far I knew to push it. It got to the point I felt so much instability in the tendon that I knew if I kept playing, or had to do something extraordinary, it was not going to be good for my tendon, I'd probably jeopardize it at that point. There's no need to do that."
Sportnet's Barry Davis tweeted that the recovery time for this type of surgery typically takes six months and that the team expects Bautista to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training.
In 92 games this season Bautista hit .241 with 27 home runs and 65 RBI.
The bad news for the Blue Jays doesn't end there. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that Toronto draft pick Marcus Stroman will be suspended for 50 games after testing positive for the banned substance Methylhexaneamine. Stroman was selected 22nd overall in 2012 and was playing with the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League.
The right-hander spoke to the media regarding the ban (via The Vancouver Sun):
"Despite taking precautions to avoid violating the minor league testing program, I unknowingly ingested a banned stimulant that was in an over-the-counter supplement," said Stroman in a statement. "Nonetheless, I accept full responsibility and I want to apologize to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, my family, my teammates, and the Blue Jays fans everywhere.
Stroman was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA and eight strikeouts in eight relief appearances for the Fisher Cats.