George Springer Injured Again — Blue Jays Collapse

George Springer slammed into the centerfield wall in the 7th inning and came down hard on his left ankle, grimacing in pain. With that, the Toronto Blue Jays' playoff hopes were left hanging in the balance. After he left the field with a 3-2 Toronto lead, the Jays collapsed and were crushed 9-3 by the Seattle Mariners. 

But then came the good news: Springer's x-rays were negative, and he's been diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, and is labeled day-to-day. He hobbled into manager Charlie Montoyo's office after the game and told him he'll be alright. The medical staff seemed to confirm this.

“That was a scary moment for our whole team. It’s George Springer,” said Montoyo after the game. “Since he’s got back, we’ve been playing great. Of course we don’t want to miss him, but the good news is that he’s going to be all right.”

Springer missed most of the first half of the season for the Toronto Blue Jays, leaving the team middling along at a .500 clip. But his return in late June jump-started the Jays and launched them into serious playoff contention. 

The Blue Jays record without their lead-off man this season: 33-34.

Toronto's record with George Springer in the lineup: 29-19.

In the last month, Springer has posted a 1.096 OPS, which includes a ridiculous .711 slugging %, and 11 home runs, 24 RBI and 30 runs scored—in 30 games. He is also the two-time defending AL Player of the Week. 

Needless to say, the Jays need George Springer back in the lineup, ASAP.

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