Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette scratched vs. Nationals due to left hamstring tightness

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Bo Bichette stretches during full squad workouts at the team's spring training complex in Dunedin, Fla., on Monday, February 17, 2020. (Steve Nesius/CP)

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette was a late scratch ahead of Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park due to left hamstring tightness, the team announced.

Teoscar Hernandez replaced Bichette atop the batting order — and led off the game with a home run — while Joe Panik took over at shortstop and Brandon Drury entered the starting lineup at third base.

Panik, who played shortstop in college at St. John’s University, had never previously played shortstop in his seven-year MLB career.

Bichette has batted 4-for-16 with two RBIs and one run scored through three games this season. He posted a .311/.358/.571 in 46 games as a rookie in 2019.

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