Among many wild things that took place amid the Toronto Blue Jays’ 28-5 thrashing of the Bo Sox was the fact that George Springer didn’t even play.
After opting out of the All-Star game due to ongoing issues with his elbow, Springer missed the Friday night bonanza.
It’s nothing new, either. Springer missed a game in late June against the Chicago White Sox where he made mention the big issue for him was swing and misses.
“I’m going to have to fight through stuff all year,” Springer told Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi Friday. “It kind of is what it is. Still trying to fight through some stuff. But I’ll be alright.
“Between the break and now, we’re just trying to buy an extra day to make sure that it’s right and when it is, I’ll go back out.”
Officially, it’s been called inflammation, manager John Schneider told Davidi, but specific details of the injury are “hard to explain,” Springer said. Raimel Tapia drew in at centre field Friday and had a tremendous game that included an in-the-park grand slam, but Springer is back on Saturday.
He’s returning to his typical lead-off spot in the order, but this elbow issue isn’t going to be going away. The Jays need all the help they can get as fight for traction in what’s becoming a tight AL wild card race.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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