CINCINNATI – The cavalry is coming for the Toronto Blue Jays as they try to stave off a challenge for their hold on the third and final American League wild-card spot.
The Blue Jays announced that outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and reliever Trevor Richards are coming off the injury list and being made available for tonight’s game at Cincinnati.
Kiermaier, a Platinum Glove centre-fielder, lacerated his right elbow on Aug. 6 making a leaping grab against the garage door at Fenway Park early in Toronto’s 13-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Richards was added to the 15-day IL on Aug. 3 with ongoing neck inflammation.
The influx of help comes at a welcome time for the Blue Jays, who entered the opener against the Reds with a half-game lead over Seattle for the third American League wild-card spot.
All-star closer Jordan Romano rejoined the team from the injured list earlier this week, and star shortstop Bo Bichette is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo and could be ready to return Saturday.
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Outfielder Nathan Lukes and reliever Jay Jackson were optioned to Buffalo to make room for Kiermaier and Richards.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2023.
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