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The Blue Jays’ George Springer exits the game against Rays after spraining his ankle trying to catch

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer walked out of Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays (GameTracker) with a left ankle sprain. Springer suffered the injury while trying to grab a ball batted by Brandon Lowe with a bounce in the bottom of the second inning.

Here’s a look at the play:

Springer was replaced by Raimel Tapia in the next inning.

Springer, 32, entered the night hitting .283/.344/.531 (159 OPS+) with seven homers and two stolen bases (on three tries). His aforementioned 159 OPS+ was shared with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the top Blue Jays qualifier. So Toronto’s line-up will be missing a key role if Springer’s ankle requires him to spend time on the injury list.

Should Springer actually go to the Regal, he would join several other notable Blue Jays there, including Cavan Biggio, Nate Pearson, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Blue Jays are expected to activate Ryu before Saturday’s game, a competition he is expected to start.

For their part, the Blue Jays came into Friday’s game after losing four straight contests. Their 17-15 record that season put them third in the American League East, about 6 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees.

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Justin Scacco

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