Blue Jays star Bautista twists ankle, day to day

July 14, 2011 - 8:59 PM
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Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, right, is congratulated by Eric Thames after scoring against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays star Jose Bautista is listed as day to day with a twisted right ankle after injuring himself on an awkward slide.

Bautista hurt himself Thursday night in Toronto's game against the New York Yankees. He limped off after the play in the fourth inning.

Bautista leads the majors with 31 home runs. He led the big leagues last year with 54 homers.

The slugger was hurt going into third base on Edwin Encarnacion's double-play grounder that ended the inning. Bautista stayed on his knees and was tended to by the trainer and manager John Farrell before leaving in obvious pain.

John McDonald took over at third base for Bautista. In the All-Star game Tuesday night, Bautista made a nifty sliding catch in right field.