MINNEAPOLIS — Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was pressured from Thursday night time’s 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins within the fifth inning after a freak play within the outfield resulted in a bloody harm.
On a double by Mitch Garver — who was 3 for 4 with an RBI — to the hole, Blue Jays heart fielder Randal Grichuk grabbed the ball to make a fast throw to the infield to maintain Josh Donaldson from scoring. As Gurriel crouched down to offer him house, Grichuk’s cleat landed on Gurriel’s proper hand throughout the follow-through.
Blood was dripping from his center finger as Grichuk knelt subsequent to him, earlier than a workforce athletic coach arrived for evaluation and closely wrapped the hand in a towel earlier than Gurriel walked off.
The Blue Jays mentioned X-rays revealed no breaks, however that Gurriel did want two stitches on his center finger.
“Every thing we have heard is I believe one of the best information we may get,” mentioned coach John Schneider, who stuffed in whereas supervisor Charlie Montoyo served a one-game suspension. “We’ll see how he’s tomorrow, and hopefully it isn’t too lengthy.”
Gurriel had an RBI double and has pushed in a significant league-most 30 runs to go along with a .364 batting common in September, matching Kelly Gruber (1990) for probably the most RBIs within the month in franchise historical past.
“When he is swinging on the proper pitches, he is actually harmful,” Schneider mentioned.
“Nicely, we have 9 video games left. Again-to-back powerful losses, it is about flushing it and happening to the following sport,” catcher Danny Jansen mentioned. “We won’t dwell on it.”
Data from The Related Press was used on this story.