Blue Jays Lose Kevin Pillar to Sneeze

For a team with visions of the postseason, the spring training injuries and bad luck are mounting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Jays have lost Marcus Stroman for the season on a fluke knee injury. Michael Saunders is now short 60% of his meniscus after stepping on a sprinkler head in the outfield. Brett Cecil came to spring training with the flu and then tried to ramp up his workouts too fast to catch up (and to try and make a bid to be the closer) and has been out with left shoulder strain. Edwin Encarnacion will be expected to carry a lot of the offense to make up for the Jays’ lack of depth in pitching and apparently the weight of that has the power hitting first baseman out with a back strain.

Now we can add outfielder Kevin Pillar to the mix of those who have been jinxed in this preseason. Pillar is out due to sneezing.

More accuratly, Pillar is out with a grade 1 oblique strain caused by sneezing. Pillar sneezed causing the injury before yesterday’s game and felt the strain. He then told trainers after the game according to GM Alex Anthopolis. The team had an MRI done and the results have Pillar out with no activity for a week. The team is showing an overabundance of caution with the strain so there are no lingering effects heading into the season.

The past few seasons have seen multiple Blue Jays suffer from oblique strains that have lingered and affected performance from Brett Lawrie, Rajai Davis, Brandon Morrow and others.

Pillar has 7 hits, 1 HR and 5 RBI’s in 9 games so far this spring.

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