George Springer activated from the injured list
George Springer has finally reached the end of his long road back to forming the Blue Jays.
The star outfielder was activated from the IL ahead of Tuesday’s game in Miami, playing on center court and hitting fifth. Springer last played on May 2, appearing in just four games before aggravating the same right quad strain that landed him on the IL to start the season.
“It was brutal, to be completely honest,” Springer said Tuesday. “I want to play. I’ve wanted to play all this time. I don’t want to be injured and I don’t like to be injured. I understand that injuries happen, but that it happens as it did, especially too quick that it happened it wasn’t fun. I want to be out there with the guys and play, be it good, bad or whatever. It was extremely hard for me, but I tried my best not to show it and support the guys every day, suffer in silence and get better Here I am now.
Last time around, Springer only started in DH, even leaving one of his four games early after experiencing “fatigue” in his right quad. Springer says he felt “good” the last time around, but now he feels “good” and fully capable of playing regularly on the pitch.
“It was important to figure out for myself that I could go out there and do whatever I had to do, whatever the game was going to force me to do,” Springer said. “I have to be able to do that, and I have to be able to be the guy the team wants me to be and needs me to be.”
Now the Blue Jays have a good problem in their hands.
In the outfield, the Blue Jays have Teoscar Hernández playing well in the right field while Randal Grichuk, who has been a very important part of this club so far, has cooled off a bit recently. It’s possible to see a Springer outfield to the center with Grichuk sliding to the right and Hernández moving to left field at times, but the Blue Jays still want Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to throw in. The DH spot, of course, will help balance that out.
Next comes the batting order. Manager Charlie Montoyo recently said that when he looks at his training he remembers the advice that if something ain’t broke don’t fix it. Springer hasn’t seen stable MLB play action in a while, so the Blue Jays are comfortable hitting him in the middle of the order until he warms up and then kicks him off. reconsider at the top. It also helps that Springer is on board.
“I said [Montoyo] that I think it’s very important that the guys stay where they are, ”Springer said. “I strongly believe in the way Marcus [Semien], Bo [Bichette], Vlady [Guerrero Jr.], all these guys, the way they swung the bat and got comfortable in those positions. I told him that I am ready to do whatever he wants me to do and what is best for the team. Eventually we’ll see what it is, but whatever he decides to do, I agree.
It’s clear the Blue Jays need to improve their pitching, especially the bullpen, and this formation is not without its flaws, but the Blue Jays have been an attacking force in 2021. They come in tied for the lead on Tuesday. of the Major League in the circuits. (107), eighth in points scored (351), second in average (.262) and second in OPS (.773).
Add Springer’s bat to that, and it just gets better.
“I came here to win,” Springer said. “I came here to play. I’ve been on the bench for a long time, I don’t even know when. I want to go out there and be who they want me to be. I want to be what they expect. I have high expectations of myself. … I expect to be the player they need me to be.
In the corresponding moves, the Blue Jays chose Rowdy Tellez and Jonathan Davis for Triple-A Buffalo. Right-hander Jacob Barnes, recently acquired from the Mets by trade, also joined the club and was active on Tuesday.
Manoah, Montoyo suspended
Right-hander Alek Manoah was suspended for five games for “intentionally throwing at Maikel Franco” Saturday in Baltimore, Major League Baseball reported. Manoah will also be fined an undisclosed amount and will appeal his sanction.
This happened in the fourth round against the Orioles after two home runs against Manoah, and as he walked up to home plate and exchanged words with Franco, the canoes and reliever pens emptied. After the exit, Manoah said it was unintentional, just a throw that slipped through him.
Montoyo also received a one-game suspension, which he served in Tuesday’s opener against the Marlins. Montoyo said ahead of the game that he disagreed with the decision, but understood it was the rule. In his place, a group of coaches, including John Schneider, Dave Hudgens and Mark Budzinski, were in the canoe to manage the club.