Blue Jays' Kirk removed from game with hand contusion, X-rays negative

Arash Madani and Arden Zwelling discuss Alejandro Kirk's hand injury and his road to the big leagues, stress the importance of Alek Manoah's career-high 106-pitch outing, and give us an update on George Springer's status.

Breathe in a sigh of relief, Toronto Blue Jays fans.

Red-hot catcher Alejandro Kirk was removed from Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a left hand contusion, but precautionary X-rays came back negative.

The injury occurred in the seventh inning when Brewers batter Jonathan Davis' bat caught Kirk in the back of his glove hand on a backswing. Kirk stayed in the game for one more batter before exiting the field.

Prior to leaving the game, Kirk continued his torrid pace this season — going 4-for-4 in the batter's box and hitting a home run for the third consecutive game. He's just the third catcher in MLB history to have multiple four-hit games with a home run at age 23 or younger, joining Joe Mauer and Thurman Munson.

Kirk, who's the top catcher in AL All-Star voting, entered Friday's game slashing .307/.395/.487.

When submitting content, please abide by our  submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.
We use cookies to improve your experience. Learn More or change your cookie preferences. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies.