Blue Jays place Gurriel Jr. on COVID-related IL due to vaccine side effects

Toronto Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates his two-run home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Keegan Akin during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been placed on the COVID-related injured list due to side effects from his COVID-19 vaccine, while the club has activated Ryan Borucki from the list.

In additional roster moves, infielder Santiago Espinal has been recalled from the team's alternate training site and right-hander Ty Tice has been optioned to the alternate training site to make room for Borucki's return.

Both Gurriel Jr. and Borucki were recently vaccinated. As Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling previously noted, Gurriel Jr. had been feeling nauseous before leaving Friday's game. Borucki was experiencing tiredness and fever symptoms after receiving his shot, per Zwelling. According to the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these side effects are all common and will typically subside within a few days.

Gurriel Jr. is slashing .192/.192/.385 so far this season. The Blue Jays are scheduled to face the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

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