Bo Bichette remains out as Blue Jays open series vs. Red Sox

Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette plays during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays will be without shortstop Bo Bichette in their starting lineup as they open their series against the Boston Red Sox.

Bichette has missed the Blue Jays’ last two games due to right calf soreness. Manager John Schneider said, “hopefully, it’s not too much longer,” in reference to the 26-year-old’s return after Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Guardians

Bichette has a .629 OPS with four home runs, 28 RBIs and a .237 batting average on the year.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa will get the start at short while batting seventh against Canadian Nick Pivetta and the Red Sox.

According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, left-handed reliever Brandon Eisert had a locker in the Blue Jays clubhouse ahead of Monday night’s game.

Eisert, 26, has a 6.35 ERA through 19 appearances with triple-A Buffalo this season. He has struck out 35 hitters in 22.2 innings but has also issued 14 walks.

He was an 18th-round pick of Toronto in the 2019 draft. Eisert is not on the Blue Jays 40-man roster, so he would need to be added before he could pitch with the team.

You can watch Yusei Kikuchi lead the Blue Jays into their first series of the season against the Red Sox on Sportsnet and Sportsnet+. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. ET / 4:07 p.m. PT.

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