The Blue Jays have positioned outfielder George Springer on the 10-day injured record because of proper elbow irritation, with the position retroactive to August 5. Utilityman Otto Lopez has been activated from the taxi squad to take Springer’s place on the energetic roster.
Springer has been coping with a sore elbow for a lot of the season, with the damage apparently worsening during the last six weeks. The Jays have continuously rested Springer or used him as a DH, however since he has performed in solely two of Toronto’s final seven video games, it appears as if a full IL stint was mandatory to permit Springer to completely heal. Over his final 29 video games and 130 plate appearances, Springer had a modest .226/.310/.409, so his dangerous elbow clearly gave the impression to be impacting his manufacturing.
A wholesome Springer is important to the Blue Jays’ probabilities of reaching the postseason and making a deep run into October, so the outfielder and the crew can solely hope that this IL journey will lastly appropriate the elbow subject. Springer’s damage certainly influenced the Jays’ determination to accumulate Whit Merrifield on the commerce deadline, and Merrifield now appears to be like to get the majority of heart subject time whereas Springer is out, with Raimel Tapia and backup Bradley Zimmer offering additional depth.
Lopez may be within the combine, as heart subject is one in every of 4 positions (together with left subject, second base, and shortstop) he has performed this season at Triple-A Buffalo. Lopez has additionally hit .267/.357/.424 over 246 PA with the Bisons. MLB Pipeline ranks Lopez because the fourth-best prospect within the Jays farm system, impressed by his plus pace and contact-hitting, even when Lopez appears to be missing in energy. The 23-year-old has appeared in precisely one MLB sport in every of the 2021 and 2022 seasons.