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Blue Jays place Springer on injured reserve with elbow inflammation

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

Springer was hampered by the elbow for much of the summer. He is due to receive an anti-inflammatory injection this weekend to aid healing. Springer has missed four of the previous five games with the injury, going 1 of 4 against the Twins on Thursday night.

Springer will be eligible to return on August 15. The four-time All-Star, who served as Toronto’s primary center fielder, has a .251 batting average with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs in 89 games. Coming into play Saturday, he was tied for 10th in the AL with 59 points.

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

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

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