- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2011

TORONTO (AP) - Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was not in the lineup for Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees because of a sore right ankle.

The Toronto third baseman, who leads the majors with 31 home runs, is listed as day to day.

Bautista was injured when he caught a spike in the dirt while sliding into third base in Toronto’s 16-7 win over the Yankees on Thursday night at Rogers Centre. X-rays were negative and Bautista was re-evaluated Friday morning.

Jays manager John Farrell says Bautista’s ankle was no worse than it was Thursday and that the All-Star is wearing a walking boot to help stabilize the injury.

Farrell said it’s possible Bautista could return Sunday.

Edwin Encarnacion replaced Bautista at third base on Friday night.


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