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The Blue Jays have been taking part in effectively for weeks and are in postseason place as of Sunday. One of many major causes for that’s Teoscar Hernandez is tearing the proverbial cowl off the ball. Sadly for the Jays and Hernandez, he is doubtless ticketed for the injured record and can miss “severe” time, per Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. The offender is rib stiffness, per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet

Hernandez, 27, has been a serious breakout participant this season. He is hitting .308/.358/.637 (164 OPS+) with 14 homers, 27 RBI, 27 runs and 5 steals in 39 video games. Solely Mike Trout has extra dwelling runs. On Saturday, Hernandez was 3 for five with a house run. 

The Blue Jays have been fairly scorching as effectively. They began 7-11 and have gone 14-7 since then, placing themselves in playoff place. 

If Hernandez misses severe time, that is an issue for the Jays. As famous, they’re in playoff place however jockeying for a greater spot would behoove them. They’re tied with the Yankees for second place within the AL East coming into Sunday and so they play the Yankees 10 extra occasions the remainder of the best way. In addition they need to take care of the red-hot Phillies for a four-game collection. 

The substitute for Hernandez might be Derek Fisher, who’s hitting .200/.346/.400 in 26 plate appearances. 

The saving grace right here for the Jays is that Bo Bichette seems to be coming again quickly. The phenom shortstop was hitting .361/.391/.672 in 64 plate appearances earlier than he suffered a knee harm. The Blue Jays’ hope right here needs to be that Bichette comes again and replaces Hernandez’s manufacturing and that Hernandez is not out lengthy. They’ve an excellent factor going, in spite of everything, so optimism wants to hold the day. 

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