Sitting in the clubhouse Friday prior to his team’s game at the Rogers Centre against his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista turned on one of the newfangled health thingamajigs that he collects.
While chatting with Postmedia, Bautista held an instrument that looked like a small nail gun to his thigh and let it do its thing. Later, he wore an apparatus, which flashes red lights, around his back.
“They send this stuff to me and I check it out,” said Bautista, who may be, next to pitcher Marcus Stroman, the most fit player in the clubhouse.
But his numbers this year haven’t been great and that’s why Bautista is doing everything in his power to stay healthy and gain an edge. Despite being the oldest guy on the team, at 36, Bautista has played in 114 of 115 games for the Jays — one of only two guys to have played that many (Justin Smoak is the other).
And while he’s not having a great season, Bautista’s bat is showing signs of life. He has homered in three consecutive games, and four of five, after taking JamesonTaillon deep on Friday.