Jays place Espinal on 10-day IL, recall Lopez

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays placed infielder Santiago Espinal on the 10-day injured list with right hamstring inflammation on Monday.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays recalled infielder Otto Lopez from triple-A affiliate Buffalo for Toronto’s game the same day against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Espinal left Saturday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles with hamstring discomfort after stealing second base in the seventh inning. His injury-list placement is retroactive as of May 21.

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The 28-year-old from the Dominican Republic has one home run and a .205 batting average in 25 games so far this season.

Lopez, a 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, has yet to play for the Blue Jays this season. In nine at-bats last year, he batted in three runs.

The Blue Jays have lost four straight games and sit last in the American League East entering a four-game road series against the league-leading Rays.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2023.

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