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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Blue Jays Injury Update: Munenori Kawasaki, Nolan Reimold exit game


By on 7/12/2014 08:00:00 AM

During the course of Friday night's 8-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays lost two players to leg injuries: right fielder Nolan Reimold pulled up limping in the fourth inning with a left calf strain, and second baseman Munenori Kawasaki left in the seventh inning with right hamstring tightness, according to David Adler of MLB.com. Both are listed as day to day. Kawasaki's RBI single in the third inning tied the game. Steve Tolleson replaced Kawasaki and Darin Mastroianni came in for Reimold.

The Blue Jays claimed Reimold off waivers from the Orioles on Sunday. With the O's, Reimold slashed only .195/.250/.336 (OPS+ 59), struck out 41 times in 128 at-bats while homering five times as a backup left fielder and DH. In three games for the Jays, Reimold went 4 for 12 with three doubles and three RBI.

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Kawasaki is hitting .284/.344/.330 in 26 games as a utility infielder (second base/shortstop).

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Munenori Kawasaki, 33, was signed by the Seattle Mariners in 2012 as a free agent out of Japan, and made his major-league debut on April 7, 2012. After he hit only .192/.257/.202, the M's released him in October 2012 and he signed as a free agent with Toronto for 2013 and re-upped with them for 2014 under a minor-league contract at $1.03 million. He was up for three games in April, hit .276/.320/ .388 for Triple-A Buffalo and rejoined the major-league club June 17.

Nolan Reimold, 30, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 (2nd round) and made his debut May 14, 2009. After a promising rookie year ( .279/.365/.466 OPS+ 116, 15 homers), Reimold's career was derailed by injuries: ankle surgery (September 2009) and two neck surgeries (June 2012, July 2013). He was on the DL from Spring Training until July 1, 2014 with neck soreness. Reimold is in his second arbitration year ($1.03 million) and under team control through 2015.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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