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Blue Jays say Bautista has mild hamstring strain

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista hits a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of their American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts June 29, 2013.

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The Toronto Blue Jays are hoping that when it comes to Jose Bautista and his hamstring injury he is a fast healer.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said on Monday that the American League club hopes to avoid placing the slugging rightfielder on the 15-day disabled list in order to get over the injury.

"Mild hamstring strain," Gibbons said when asked for an update on Bautista. "I think we lucked out there. Hopefully just a couple of days [rest], we'll see."

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The news for the Blue Jays is not so rosy for Brett Lawrie, their starting third baseman.

Lawrie has been placed on the DL after he broke his right index finger getting hit by a pitch during Sunday's loss to the Red in Cincinnati. Lawrie is expected to be sidelined from between three to six weeks.

Bautista also hurt his left hamstring in the game against the Reds while running to first base.

The Blue Jays will play the New York Yankees Monday night at Rogers Centre in the first of a three-game series against their A.L. East rival.

To fill the gaps in their roster the Blue Jays have recalled outfielders Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar from their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

Backup catcher Erik Kratz has been optioned to Buffalo.

The injuries come at an inopportune time for the Blue Jays, who have been struggling of late and seen their lead in the A.L. East standing whittled down to 1.5 games over both the Yankees, who swept Toronto in three games last week in New York, and the Baltimore Orioles.

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Bautista is hitting .305 on the year with 15 home runs and 49 runs batted in. His 59 walks leads the Major Leagues.

Lawrie is batting .244 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI.

Gose has appeared in 34 games with the Blue Jays this year, batting .233 with four extra base hits and four RBI. In Buffalo is hitting .225 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 31 games.

Pillar owns a .243 average in Toronto with three extra base hits in 24 games. At Buffalo has posted a .326 average with 25 extra base hits and 25 RBI in 46 games.

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