Blue Jays place OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on 10-day injured list, could be out longer

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The Toronto Blue Jays announced Friday they have placed outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday, due to a left hamstring strain.

Gurriel left Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning with discomfort after running hard to beat out a double play.

Manager John Schneider said Gurriel might need more than 10 days to return.

The 28-year-old from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, has five homers and 52 RBI this season with a .291/.343/.400 slash line.

Toronto also recalled infielder Otto Lopez from triple-A Buffalo.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays still have not announced a starting pitcher for Sunday’s series finale against the Texas Rangers.

Schneider said a bullpen game is the goal if things play out well in the first two games on Friday and Saturday

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