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Blue Jays dealt brutal injury blow to George Springer

Blue Jays, George Springer, Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays have had an underwhelming season thus far. On Tuesday night, things might have gotten worse. Former All-Star outfielder George Springer was removed from the game against the White Sox. He reportedly is dealing with right elbow discomfort.

That’s generally not the best sign. Cavan Biggio came into the game to hit for the Blue Jays outfielder in the eighth inning. Prior to his departure from the game, Springer was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. It’s not often you see a stat line like that from Springer, raising further questions about whether or not this issue existed previously.

Springer was having a great first season with Toronto. Entering play Tuesday, he was hitting .263 with 13 home runs, 40 runs scored and 34 RBI. Keep in mind, we are a little past the one-third mark of the baseball season.

Toronto entered this season with expectations of a potential run at a World Series. It would be the franchises first since Joe Carter in the early 1992 and 1993 when they went back-to-back. However, players like Teoscar Hernandez and Matt Chapman have had relatively down seasons. Even Vlad Guerrerro Jr. has not been quite the dominant player we saw last season.

Guerrerro Jr. was one of the front runners for American League MVP when the season began. He is hitting a disappointing .263 but has been coming on of late. But the team can ill afford to lose Springer for any extended period of time. He likely will be going for an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. This situation is worth monitoring slowly.

The Yankees lead the American League East by 11.5 games, primarily because of the near-historic pace they are setting. The Yankees are 50-18. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 38-29.