Blue Jays’ Grichuk sits vs. Nationals after hurting back vs. Rays

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Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder Randal Grichuk is not in the starting lineup for Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Derek Fisher will take Grichuk’s place in centre field.

Grichuk was lifted from Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning with joint irritation in his back. He had 10 at-bats in three games against the Rays, collecting four hits, one RBI, one run scored and one walk.

The team has not issued an update yet on closer Ken Giles, who left Sunday’s game with right elbow soreness. Trent Thornton will make his first start of the season on Monday, facing Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

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