Things are tense in Toronto tonight, and rightly so.
Despite beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 in thanks to a double-dong game from Matt Chapman, the big news surrounds George Springer’s elbow.
The elbow issue he’s playing through is well known at this point and Thursday night, he left the game in the bottom of the eighth. He hit a deep fly out and immediately grabbed at his right elbow.
George Springer’s elbow didn’t look great on this swing and now he’s out of the game pic.twitter.com/jCp9DNCZwt
— Brandon Wile (@Brandon_N_Wile) July 29, 2022
After the game, Jays skipper John Schneider said Springer “is feeling good, he really is.” Schneider called it elbow discomfort and that they would check in on him tomorrow.
Springer also made some massive throws from the outfield throughout the game and some clips were shown on the broadcast highlighting him wincing a bit at time.
Even if Springer is okay, the concern should be there and it, and could shift Ross Atkins’ focus at the deadline. We’ve already seen Andrew Benintendi shipped to the ‘Yanks, and the New York Mets picked up OF Tyler Naquin from the Reds Thursday night.
Springer’s a trooper and no doubt will continue to work through this elbow problem, but if he is forced to miss anytime down the stretch, the Jays’ outfield depth isn’t tremendous. Raimel Tapia has been solid as a rock from the left side, but Bradley Zimmer has been an issue at the plate, despite some good work in the outfield and baserunning this season.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation