Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer left Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series against the Seattle Mariners with an injury after a scary collision with shortstop Bo Bichette on a shallow pop up to centre field off the bat of J.P. Crawford in the eighth inning.
Springer remained down on the field for several moments before eventually leaving on a medical cart, waving to the crowd at Rogers Centre in the process.
Bichette was able to remain in the game at shortstop while Jackie Bradley Jr. replaced Springer in centre field.
Three runs scored on the play as the Mariners erased an 8-1 deficit to tie the game 9-9. The Mariners went on to take the lead in the ninth inning on an RBI double from Adam Frazier as the visitors swept the best-of-three series.
Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said Springer will be evaluated for "a couple different things" and the club will know more about his status in the coming days. Per Schneider, Springer "said some nice things" to his teammates but was not available to speak to the media.
"I haven't even had a chance to look at it on video yet, but I think it was Bo's elbow to George's shoulder or head area," Schneider told reporters after the game. "I'm not quite sure. At that point you're still trying to navigate through the rest of the game."
Mariners manager Scott Servais said Crawford's hit falling between Springer and Bichette was the turning point in the game as Seattle punched its ticket to the ALDS, where the Houston Astros await.
"We got a big break tonight when that ball fell in front of Springer," Servais said. "I hope he's OK. George is a great player. [We've] seen him for years in Houston and competed against him."
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