With less than nine games remaining in the MLB season, and smack in the middle of the fiercest postseason race across baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays will need to stay healthy to clinch their second straight postseason appearance.
But, on Thursday night, a freak play forced starting outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. out of the game with a bleeding hand, immediately raising major concerns.
Fortunately for Toronto, the franchise appears to have avoided a potential late-season disaster.
Lourdes Gurriel Injury Update
Gurriel underwent x-rays following the game, which came back negative and revealed no major damage or broken bones in his hand. The fourth-year outfielder did receive two stiches on his middle finger, but this seems like a best-case scenario.
It was certainly a freak play. In the fifth inning, Mitch Garver of the Minnesota Twins smacked a double into the outfield gap. Center fielder Randal Grichuk fielded the relay back into the infield, but in the process of his follow-through stepped on Gurriel's hand.
This resulted in Gurriel's early exit. No official status has been released for Gurriel on Friday night, but he appears to have avoided a major injury.
Currently, the Blue Jays sit 1.0 game back of the New York Yankees for the second AL Wild Card spot. Toronto rounds out the year with three more games against the Twins, a three-game set at home against the Yankees and then three more at home against the lowly Baltimore Orioles.
Toronto owns +1800 odds to win the World Series, ranking above both the Boston Red Sox (+2300) and Yankees (+2500), according to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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