Blue Jays lose game to Twins, Springer and Mayza to injury


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MINNEAPOLIS – In one among his nearly each day medical updates over the previous three weeks, Blue Jays supervisor John Schneider hinted that George Springer may be his personal worst enemy.

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The all star centre fielder solely is aware of one velocity, Schneider mentioned, making throttling right down to nurse an damage close to unimaginable.

Previous to Saturday’s 7-3 loss to the Twins right here at Goal Discipline, the Jays took any quick future choices out of Springer’s palms, putting the 32-year-old on the 10-day injured checklist with elbow irritation.

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Whereas Springer had been absent from the lineup for a lot of the previous week anyway, the Jays offence stalled on Saturday as they misplaced two in a row for the primary time beneath Schneider.

They’ll try to separate the four-game weekend collection in a scheduled Sunday matinee right here as they’re noticing the step up in competitors dealing with groups with a successful document.

Whereas the Springer improvement was hardly a shock, the medical information bought extra extreme late within the sport when reliever Tim Mayza suffered a dislocation of his proper shoulder in a nasty collision attempting to make a play on the plate.

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With treasured little left-handed depth within the bullpen, it looms as a severe loss for the Jays, who’ve now dropped three of their previous 4.

As for Springer, in some methods the transfer to the IL feels prefer it’s a pair weeks overdue, given the grimacing and grinding the veteran has endured to play by the newest lingering damage in a profession that has had its share.

After taking part in simply as soon as within the earlier eight days, the Jays determined to get it proper – or as proper as they’ll – and hope that relaxation (and an anti-inflammatory shot scheduled for Sunday) will assist with the method.

“As shut as we will get to the 100 per cent model of George is what we’re capturing for,” Schneider mentioned. “Hopefully it’s simply 10 days and he’s good to go.

“What’s greatest for him and for us is to take the time and hopefully it’s a (quick) stint and he’s again at it. That’s what it got here right down to.”

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The Springer transfer is clearly one thing the staff has pondering for some time, on condition that the veteran first beginning lacking video games as a result of concern greater than six weeks in the past.

No less than the Jays have a backup play – and doubtlessly one – with the commerce deadline acquisition of versatile Whit Merrifield, who’s already making an influence together with his new staff. The previous all star has performed centre subject in all three video games right here, recording 5 hits.


The Jays misplaced one among their steadier reliever when Mayza tried to make a play on the plate and collided with Twins base-runner Nick Gordon, who scored on the play.

After touchdown laborious on his non-throwing shoulder (proper) Mayza was in apparent ache and needed to be helped from the sphere by the Jays coaching workers.

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As suspected, Mayza was recognized with a shoulder dislocation, which implies he’ll be out for a number of weeks at minimal.

His absence can be a severe one given the Jays lack of left-handed depth within the bullpen and the workload he logged. Saturday’s look was his forty first of the season logging 33.2 innings.

Schneider mentioned Mayza’s shoulder was relocated after the damage and  the staff is hopeful his season will not be finished. 

“If something he’s proven he’s resilient coming off accidents earlier than and we’ll have him down the stretch,” Schneider mentioned. “He’s been enormous, a giant a part of (the bullpen) the entire yr.

“Different guys need to step up in his spot for slightly bit. We all know we have now guys able to doing that.”


Mitch White, who the Jays acquired from the Dodgers on Tuesday, took injured Ross Stripling’s spot within the rotation and supplied an analogous modest efficiency. White gave the Jays 4.2 innings permitting three earned runs whereas hanging out a pair and strolling one. The third run got here on a Jorge Polanco double off of reliever Mayza … Shortstop Bo Bichette supplied all the Jays offence, belting a two-run homer within the fourth, his fifteenth of the season, and including an RBI single within the  … The Jays had a rally cooking within the eighth and had runners quickly the corners with one out and Bichette as much as face flame-throwing Twins reliever, Jhoan Duran. Bichette responded with a chopper up the center to drive in a run to trim the Twins result in 5-3. However Duran bought Matt Chapman swinging on a 101 mile per hour fastball and Raimel Tapia on a comfortable floor ball up the center to finish it … Actually a tough day for third baseman Chapman, who struck out in every of his 4 plate appearances … Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s manufacturing on the plate continued with a sharply struck single within the first inning, extending his streak to a career-best 17 consecutive video games. Guerrero nearly added a 3rd homer in as many days in his second at-bat, with solely the misty rain at Goal Discipline retaining it from carrying over the wall in left subject. The Jays first baseman added a single within the eighth and got here round to attain … All three pitchers the Jays acquired on the deadline noticed motion on Saturday – White and relievers Anthony Bass (who changed Mayza) and Zach Pop, who pitched a one-two-three seventh.

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