Blue Jays GM says Springer could be ready to return for Dunedin opener

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Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says injured outfielder George Springer is day-to-day with a strained left oblique muscle and could be available when Toronto plays its first game at its temporary home in Dunedin, Florida.

Springer was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday with the injury, which has delayed his debut with the Blue Jays.

Toronto signed Springer as a free agent to a $150 million, six-year contract over the off-season.

Atkins said Springer likely could have played in Toronto's 3-2 season-opening win over the Yankees in New York on Thursday, but at this point in the season the Blue Jays want to ensure players are at 100 per cent.

Springer is eligible to come off the DL when the Blue Jays host the Los Angeles Angels next Thursday. Atkins said while there was a "real chance" Springer would be ready to go by then, he stopped short of making a guarantee.

Atkins also said starting pitcher Robbie Ray is recovering well from a bruised left elbow and could return soon, and that injured pitchers Nate Pearson and Thomas Hatch are throwing without pain.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 2, 2021.

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