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X-rays on Gurriel Jr.’s hand come back negative

X-rays on Gurriel Jr.'s hand come back negative

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X-rays on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.‘s right hand have come back negative, the Toronto Blue Jays announced, though he received two stitches on his right middle finger after his hand was inadvertently stepped on by Randal Grichuk.

“Everything we’ve heard is the best news we could get,” John Schneider, who served as the Blue Jays’ manager on Thursday in place of the suspended Charlie Montoyo, said. “Obviously a couple stitches, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow. I think when you’re dealing with any kind of cut or laceration, and nothing really structurally wrong with him, I think that’s a best-case scenario.”

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The incident occurred in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins. As Grichuk made a throw from the outfield, Gurriel Jr. crouched in front of him to avoid the ball. However, as part of his follow through on the play, Grichuk’s foot landed on Gurriel Jr.’s hand.

Corey Dickerson entered the game to fill in for Gurriel Jr.

“Hopefully he heals up quick,” Schneider added. “He’s a big part of what we’re doing so hopefully he’s back in there as soon as he can be, but we’ll see how he shows up tomorrow and how everything looks. Like we said, the initial report, the x-rays, were negative so that’s a good thing.”

Across 137 games this season, Gurriel Jr. is batting .285 with 21 home runs.

In the same half-inning, right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch was removed from the game with right hamstring discomfort.

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His final pitch was a walk against Twins outfielder Brent Rooker. Hatch, who came in for Steven Matz, only pitched 1.2 innings giving up three earned runs.

It is not known at this time if Gurriel Jr. or Hatch will miss time with their injuries.

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