In the aftermath of Saturday’s meltdown, much concern was raised about centre-fielder George Springer, who left the game after colliding with teammate Bo Bichette. And many questions remained about his condition post-game.
While addressing reporters in his end-of-season press conference on Tuesday, general manager Ross Atkins revealed that Springer suffered a concussion and a left shoulder sprain in Game 2 of the wild-card series. The Toronto Blue Jays GM added that the 33-year-old is progressing well and should be fully recovered for next season.
The unfortunate incident transpired in the eighth inning of Saturday’s contest against the Seattle Mariners when shortstop J.P. Crawford sent a weakly hit fly ball into shallow centre field, leading Springer and Bichette toward each other. But when their paths crossed, that’s when disaster struck.
As Springer dove forward, Bichette continued running backwards until his elbow caught his teammate’s head, sending both players down to the ground in pain. Sadly, as this took place, the Mariners cleared the bases, tying the game at 9-9.
Thankfully, Springer avoided any long-term injuries from that heartbreaking contest, and he’ll soon be cleared to travel out of Toronto. His next step, however, will be having his right elbow examined by a specialist to determine the extent of the injury that caused him discomfort for much of this past season.
Atkins admitted that he’s unsure if the four-time All-Star will require surgery, but said he should be ready for spring training regardless of the outcome.
Springer played 133 games, logging 583 plate appearances in 2022. The 6-foot-3 righty posted 25 home runs, 89 RBIs, a 132 wRC+ score and a .267/.342/.472 slash line. He was also worth 4.2 fWAR in his second campaign with the Blue Jays.
The 11th overall selection from 2011 is signed through 2026, making $25 million per season.