AUG. 17: The second opinion on Bichette revealed a Grade 1 LCL sprain, Davidi tweets. It’s a “minor” injury that won’t have a long-term effect, per Davidi, but there’s no word on when Bichette will return.
AUG. 16, 8:57pm: Bichette’s injury is a “low-grade” sprain, and he is getting a second opinion on the injury, Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi reports (Twitter links). The fact that Bichette is getting a second opinion could tie into an earlier report from the Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley, who hears from a source that Bichette could be out until the middle of September. More will be known tomorrow, Davidi notes, once a specialist views Bichette’s MRI results.
2:45pm: The Blue Jays have placed Bichette on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN. Santiago Espinal was recalled to replace him on the active roster. Beyond the 10 days he’ll spend on the IL, a timetable for Bichette’s return is not yet known.
10:51am: Blue Jays prized shortstop Bo Bichette is headed for an MRI on his right knee, manager Charlie Montoyo announced to reporters (including Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet). He reported some discomfort following last night’s game against the Rays, relays Scott Mitchell of TSN (Twitter link).
There’s no indication the situation’s particularly worrisome just yet. Any absence from Bichette, though, would be a serious blow to the 7-9 Jays’ hopes of contending. Despite the team’s lackluster start, the 22-year-old Bichette has come out on fire. He’s hitting .356/.387/.678 with five home runs over his first 62 plate appearances. In the early going, he’s significantly upped his contact rate while cutting down on strikeouts. Bichette’s seemingly well on his way to the stardom he’s appeared ticketed for since emerging as an elite prospect early in his pro career.
If Bichette were to miss time, the Jays figure to turn to Joe Panik and/or Santiago Espinal at shortstop. Veteran Rubén Tejada is also in the organization’s player pool, but he’s not on the 40-man roster.