In a significant blow to the Toronto Blue Jays amidst their wild-card pursuit, starting catcher Danny Jansen has been sidelined due to a right middle finger fracture. The team broke the news on Saturday, detailing how Jansen sustained the injury in Friday's victory over the Colorado Rockies, where they triumphed 13-9.
The fracture resulted from a stray foul tip. John Schneider, the Blue Jays' manager, commented on Jansen's injury post-match, saying, "It's an incredibly unexpected injury. We've been witnessing a few of these unanticipated setbacks lately." Despite the injury, Jansen showed resilience by staying on the field to finish the inning before being substituted.
Danny Jansen Rising Dominance Highlighted
In recent times, Jansen had solidified his position as the Blue Jays' primary catcher. The previous Friday marked his eighth start in the team's last 11 games and the 20th in their previous 33.
This season, Jansen boasts a batting line of .228/.312/.474, accumulating 17 home runs from 301 plate appearances. His performance in the latter half of the season has been particularly notable, recording. The absence of Jansen presents an opportunity for Alejandro Kirk to step up.
Although Kirk displayed stellar performance in the previous season, which earned him an All-Star Game spot with a .285/.372/.415 slash line, this season has seen him at .257/.333/.358. However, he remains a dependable option for the Blue Jays.
To supplement Jansen's absence in the roster, Tyler Heineman has been ushered in. Currently, with a record of 74-61, the Blue Jays are trailing by 1.5 games behind the Texas Rangers for the coveted third American League wild-card position.
To compound the team's challenges, they recently witnessed Matt Chapman's finger injury, an unfortunate accident in the weight room. Star player Bo Bichette is also temporarily out of action due to a quad injury. The coming days will indeed test the Blue Jays' depth and resilience.