Blue Jays' Kevin Gausman says shoe saved ankle on comebacker

Jamie Campbell and Caleb Joseph break down a forgettable day for the Blue Jays, and how an injury to Kevin Gausman set the tone for the remainder of the doubleheader.

Kevin Gausman says his decision to wear high-top shoes may have saved his season after a comebacker hit him on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Gausman said his ankle "would probably be in pieces right now" if he had been wearing different shoes.

Gausman was hit in the side of the foot by a 100 m.p.h line drive from Rays star Wander Franco on Saturday, knocking him out of the game in the top of the third inning. The Blue Jays diagnosed Gausman with a right-foot contusion and said X-rays came back negative.

It remains to be seen whether Gausman will be able to make his next start Thursday night in Seattle. On Monday, the veteran right-hander said he was still struggling to push off with his foot but added that he would have a better understanding of his condition after a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Gausman said he would only pitch against the Mariners if he was confident doing so wouldn't make the injury worse, a message manager Charlie Montoyo echoed.

“If he’s not 100 per cent he’s not going to pitch,” Montoyo said.

Gausman has been having an all-star calibre season so far, with a 2.86 ERA and 100 strikeouts in his first 16 starts.

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