This isn’t how George Springer imagined his stint with his new team beginning. The former Astros center fielder, whom the Mets targeted in free agency before he opted for a $150 million deal
This isn’t how George Springer imagined his stint with his new team beginning.
The former Astros center fielder, whom the Mets targeted in free agency before he opted for a $150 million deal with the Blue Jays, won’t be making his Toronto debut anytime soon.
As he was trying to return from a left oblique strain, running the bases during a ramp-up workout, Springer felt tightness in his right quad on Tuesday. He underwent an MRI exam to see how much damage was done.
“He did the live batting practice and everything was fine,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said on Wednesday, according to MLB.com. “Then it was time for him to run the bases, and when he was running the bases, he felt a tightness in the quad and stopped. As the day went on, he felt like, ‘OK, this is not just a cramp,’ and that’s when we got the MRI.”
The hope was Springer would be able to play as soon as his 10-day Injured List stint was over, which would’ve enabled Springer to play in Thursday’s home opener in Dunedin, Fla. That seems extremely unlikely now.
“It’s tough. You’ve got to be careful, just like with the oblique,” Montoyo said. “If you make it worse, then you’re really out for a long time. That’s the one thing about those injuries for anybody. We have to be patient and be careful. We know how badly he wants to play.”
Despite Springer’s absence, the Blue Jays are off to a strong start, taking two of three games from the Yankees in The Bronx and splitting the next two with the Rangers in Texas.
This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Zach Braziller