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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Season done for Yates, but Springer injury another big blow to Blue Jays

Pick your poison of the disastrous news to slam the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but let’s start with George Springer, the $150-million US man brought in to help push the young team to serious contender status.

Yes, the team announced that closer Kirby Yates is out for the season and likely to face Tommy John surgery before even throwing his first regular-season pitch for the team. Gut punch.

obbie Ray, the pitching story of the spring and projected No. 2 in the rotation behind Hyun-Jin Ryu? A slip on the stairs at his Florida home resulting in a bruised elbow that will force him to miss his final spring start. Mildly worrisome.

And the Grade 2 strain to the left oblique of Springer, the superstar acquisition that lit up the off-season? Certainly a looming cause for concern, depending on the severity.

General manager Ross Atkins outlined the setbacks on a Zoom call Tuesday, but expressed his hope that Springer will be in the lineup for April 1 opening day.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 05:53 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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