Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar undergoes surgery on thumb

Blue Jays centre-fielder Kevin Pilar. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

TORONTO — Kevin Pillar underwent surgery this week to repair the thumb ligament he tore in early August.

The Toronto Blue Jays centre-fielder posted a photo of himself in a cast to Instagram late Friday night, saying his first day of rehab was in the books.

Sportsnet confirmed Saturday that he had surgery to repair the injury. He’s expected to be fine for spring training.

Pillar hurt himself sliding into second base during an Aug. 6 game at Kansas City, jamming his thumb into the bag on a successful steal.

He ended up going on the disabled list a few days later before returning later in the month, playing through the damage the rest of the way.

Pillar batted .266/.303/.376 in 146 games and this week was named a finalist for the American League Gold Glove in centre field.

He’s up against Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., and Tampa’s Kevin Kiermaier for the award.

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