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Toronto's Bautista to have season-ending wrist surgery

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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista's will have surgery on left wrist that will sideline him for the rest of the season, it was announced Tuesday.

The surgery will be performed some time next week.

Bautista suffered the injury while taking a swing in a game on July 16. He returned to action last week, but the pain in his wrist returned.

Bautista, 31, was examined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland on Monday, and it was determined that surgery was the best course of action.

"We followed the course of action that was recommended at each time during the recovery after the original injury," Bautista said, according to MLB.com. "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 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 [2013] season."

Bautista finishes the season hitting .241 with 27 homers and 59 RBIs after leading the American League in homers each of the past two seasons.
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