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august 28, 2012 • 06:26 PM • last update 06:38 PM

Jays' Bautista will have season-ending wrist surgery

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista walks off the field after striking out swinging in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Bautista was hitless in his first start since July 16, when he injured his left wrist.
Foto: AP in English

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista will have season-ending surgery to stabilize a tendon in his left wrist.

Bautista said before Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees that he would be ready to play long before the start of spring training next year.

The two-time defending AL home run champion was put on the disabled list Saturday, two games into his return from a 5 1/2-week stint on the DL for the same injury. Hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland will perform the operation next week.

Bautista came out of the game against Baltimore on Saturday after feeling the tendon moving more than it had been during his rehabilitation.

After a slow start, Bautista finished with a .241 average, 27 homers and 65 RBIs.

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