Blue Jays Lose Team Leader To Injury In Latest Loss

Just one day after calling a players-only team meeting to step up the sense of "urgency" amongst his struggling teammates, George Springer slammed into the outfield wall making an "urgent" attempt at a catch, and instead came down with a sprained ankle. 

That's the last thing the Toronto Blue Jays needed, who then proceeded to lose their 5th straight, 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Charlie Montoyo described it, for now, as mild. 

"Your first thought is worst-case scenario, he broke his leg or something," said starting pitcher Kevin Gausman afterwards, "but luckily it seems like it's just an ankle sprain. He's a guy that brings so much, not just what he brings in the lineup, but just being in the clubhouse every day. He's one of our leaders."

In fact, Springer's importance to the team was illustrated by the fact that the entire team went out to the outfield to check on him. 

"I've never seen the entire team be out in centre field for one guy," continued Gausman. "That was pretty cool. You can see how much he means to this team.” 

No word yet on how long Springer might be out.