08/13/10 10:05 PM ET
Purcey is day-to-day with ankle injury
By Glenn Rabney / Special to MLB.com
"He's day-to-day right now," said Jays manager Cito Gaston. "He's swollen a little bit, and it depends on how our pitching goes as far as how long we can go without him."
"It's good, it's not the ankle, it's the ligaments in my foot." Purcey said, feeling that the injury wasn't as bad as first thought
He hasn't played catch or been able to run on it yet, but he is optimistic that he'll be back sooner rather than later.
"It's a little bit sore, but we're shooting for [Purcey's return in] a couple of days," he said, adding that trainer George Poulis told him that, "We'll be day-to day for a couple of days, and then we will see how it recovers and go from there."
As for what could change it from day-to-day to a stint on the DL, Gaston said, "If we burn out our bullpen in one or two days, you never know, but if the starters pitch well than it will help us not put him on the DL."
While Gaston suggest that the starters "may have to suck it up a little bit," he has no intention of letting that impact how he uses the 'pen if the game is on the line.
"We'll do whatever we have to do if we have a chance to win," Gaston said. "We'll use everyone and then worry about tomorrow, tomorrow."
Bautista looks to blast his way past Bell
ANAHEIM -- With his 36th home run of the season, Jose Bautista is only 11 dingers away from the club record of 47, which was set by George Bell in 1987.
While Bautista is closing in, he prefers not to think about either the record, or even the magic number of 50.
"I think I'm close," he said. "But there are a bunch of games left, so I have to focus on each game and hope for good results like I've been doing all season."
No other Blue Jay in history has had the good results that Bautista has. His 36 home runs are the most that any Toronto hitter has had through 114 games.
Bautista also leads the Majors with 12 homers since the All-Star break, and since Sept. 1, 2009, Bautista has hit 46 blasts, 11 more than his closest challenger, Milwaukee's Prince Fielder. Bautista has also homered in 11-straight series, which sets a new Blue Jays record, surpassing Carlos Delgado's 10 consecutive in 2001.
Bautista prefers to focus on team goals, and said that he just wanted to help the club get better, saying that the home-run title was not necessarily a personal goal that he set out to achieve. As for how he'll feel if he does get the mark, Bautista wasn't saying.
Outfielder Vernon Wells was walking a little gingerly before Friday's game due to the lingering effect of his dislocated right big toe, but he was still scheduled to start. "I don't think that the plane ride helped a lot, your feet do swell up," said manager Cito Gaston.
The Blue Jays come from behind win against Boston on Thursday was only the 6th time in club history that they have won a game in the 9th inning when trailing by three or more runs after eight.
Glenn Rabney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.