Blue Jays’ George Springer is sent off against Rays after sprained his ankle on a catch attempt.


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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer left the team with a sprained left ankle during Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays (GameTracker). Springer was injured while jumping to catch a Brandon Lowe ball in the bottom of the second inning.

Here’s a look at the play:

Springer was replaced by Raimel Tapia in the next inning.

The 32-year-old Springer posted .283/.344/.531 (159 OPS+) with seven home runs and two stolen bases (on three attempts). His aforementioned 159 OPS+ was tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the best qualified Blue Jays hitter. If Springer’s ankle has to spend time on the disabled list, Toronto’s lineup will be missing a crucial piece.

If Springer actually gets on the shelf, he’ll join some notable Blue Jays including Cavan Biggio, Nate Pearson and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Blue Jays are expected to activate Hyun-Jin Ryu ahead of Saturday’s match, the tournament he expects to start.

The Blue Jays entered Friday’s game with a four-game losing streak. They finished third in the American League East, 6.5 games behind the New York Yankees with a 17-15 season.



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