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Blue Jays add Springer to injured list with elbow swelling

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays placed All-Star outfielder George Springer on a 10-day injured list with a swelling in his right elbow ahead of their game in Minnesota on Saturday night.

Springer suffers from elbow sores most of the summer. He is scheduled to receive an anti-inflammatory injection later this week to aid healing. Springer missed four of the last five games with an injury, scoring 1 for 4 against the Twins on Thursday night.

Springer will be eligible to return on August 15. The four-time All-Star, who has been Toronto’s primary center fielder, is batting. .251 in 89 matches with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs. Entering the game on Saturday, he was ranked 10th in the AL with 59 runs.

The 32-year-old is in the second season of a $150 million, six-year deal. He played just 78 matches last season due to quad and ankle injuries.

Infielder Otto Lopez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Springer’s roster, and Whit Merrifield played center field against the Twins. The Blue Jays also selected right-handed reliever Trent Thornton to Triple-A to make room for right-hander Mitch White, who was recalled to start the game in Minnesota at the Blue Jays’ debut.

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