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.
that didn’t take long.
Cannot hear the name Bo Bichette without thinking Boba Fett.
I always say it “Boba Chette.”
wild bill tetley
Hope he’s ok. He’s been a force as of late. And he’s looked more comfortable at SS. Dude is working hard to be a better player. Heal up Bo.
Damn, he’s been off to a historic start to his career too. The bat just jumps off his bat in every direction, super exciting young player. Hopefully, he only requires the minimum 10 days, This kid is just fun to watch.
The bat just jumps off the bat
It might’ve been a vampire bat.
Can’t be reckless like Ginobili, gotta hit bat with bat.
Underrated Ginobli reference right there!
There’s goes our best player!
Those weak wrists have buckled his knees!
My spidey sense errrrr I mean #scoutseyes is tingling!
fragile player? #scoutsetes got cataracts
fricking fat fingers…
Update; Bo could be put up to a month with a right knee sprain.
As I said years ago, Bichette is going to end up being a below average player because he can’t stay on the field.
He has an amazing swing but doesn’t have the body to back it up over the course of a season. You can count on him being out 35% of the time.
And he needs to be moved to 2nd base. #Scoutseyes.
And after all those years, today is the first time you quietly stuck in “because he can’t stay on the field”.
We get it, you have an agenda. You aren’t fooling anybody. Foh
3.3 WAR in his first 60 games. Yea, anyone with trained #scoutseyes can see he’s a below average player. Clown,
wild bill tetley
It is bad when someone is forced to agree with JDGoat. That’s on you Jimmer.
You talked about Bo’s wrists and you were clearly incorrect. Now you are re-writing the narrative over durability. I am sure you felt he wasn’t going to be an impact player due to decent results, but not great, in the higher levels of the minor leagues.
As for him moving to 2B, only until a SS comes in who’s clearly a superior defender will Bo move to 2B. To his credit, Bo’s arm, glove and footwork has improved this season. There are greater concerns on this Jays team and Bo isn’t close to being one of them.
Well said, Wild Bill.
Hope he doesn’t turn out to be like weak widdle Altuve or Pedroia.
Rather see him be a Vizquel meets Lindor type of player.
Baseball is roughly 90% mental.
Putting too much focus on him having the body.
Bo was very open to position switch in the offseason, even encouraging the team to bring in a top SS when Gregorius was still available.
Wherever he settles, surviving the grind doesn’t seem impossible. Same size guys and smaller have done it before. Some as shortstops. Imagine that.
While Tatis Jr., Harper and Judge have been getting all the headlines, Bo Bichette has been out there trying to establish himself as the best young player in baseball.
He’s at least getting the conversation started now. The only guys I’d put ahead of him still that are 25 years old or younger would be:
Ronald Acuna Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Cody Bellinger, Juan Soto, Shane Bieber, and Yoan Moncada.
Maybe Luis Robert, Nate Pearson, Dustin May, Jesus Luzardo, or Chris Paddack can overtake him at some point but injury aside, Bo Bichette is looking like a top-8 young player in the game, at the very least.
Pete Alonso ahead of Moncada and Bichette. Until December at least.
Alonso and Moncada would age out of any under 25 lists soon enough that Bichette is definitely getting the conversation started.
Tough to deny Acuna, Tatis, Bellinger, Bieber, Soto.
Vlad has been no Soto, but he’s still way ahead of his age group. Gotta give him the honourable mention until 2021 at least.
Adell as well.
Willy Adames is super underrated and will be getting some conversations started of his own pretty quick.
Does defense get consideration? Robles is in that top 8 if so.
Zac Gallen probably putting his name in the mix.