Blue Jays Outfielder Heads To Injured List

The Toronto Blue Jays are in a heated battle jockeying for position in the Wild Card race (and perhaps even the East Division race) in the American League. An injury to a key player is something they can't afford right now. Unfortunately, they'll have to make do without left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for at least 10 days. 

Gurriel has been placed on the 10-day IL with what's being described as a "moderate" left hamstring strain. It happened when his foot planted awkwardly on first base as he tried to run out a hit during Wednesday's win against the Baltimore Orioles.

Manager John Schneider says "it's possible" that Gurriel could be out even longer than the 10 days.  

Gurriel has hit .291 this season with a .743 OPS, though his power is down with only five home runs.  

On the bright side, the Jays certainly have a plethora of candidates to take his spot in the outfield during his absence, including Raimel Tapia (who started Friday night's game in left), Jackie Bradley Jr.Cavan Biggio and Whit Merrifield.

The Jays have recalled infielder Otto Lopez from Buffalo to replace Gurriel on the roster.  

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