Blue Jays Starter Lands on IL After Freak Injury

The Blue Jays are at the start of a critical 10-game stretch of their season, one that might very well determine if they will be able to stay in contention. 7 games with division-leading Boston began with a blowout loss, and now they'll have to be without rookie starter Alek Manoah. 

Manoah hits the injured list after slipping on rain-drenched dugout steps at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. It's being labeled a back contusion, and manager Charlie Montoyo says they're taking it day-by-day. It's hoped he'll be back after the minimum 10-day stay on IL. The impact of the injury can be clearly seen, watching him walking around the batting cage:

Manoah has been one of the brightest spots of the Toronto rotation this season since being called up in June. He sports a 2.90 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 40.1 innings. 

This leaves an opening in the rotation for the return of Thomas Hatch. The righthander has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, where he was impressive in 8 starts, with a 2.15 ERA. 

But he'll thrown straight into the fire, starting a crucial game against the Red Sox Tuesday night, just 24 hours after the Sox pounded Jays starter Ross Stripling in a 13-4 win.

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