According to the Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is done for the season and will require appendectomy surgery.
If Lourdes Gurriel Jr. didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all, the Blue Jays outfielder has battled an assortment of injuries over the past two seasons and now will be sidelined due to his appendix.
The skipper acknowledged that Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was scratched for last night’s lineup due to stomach pains. The outfielder soon realized he was dealing with an appendix issue and would need an appendectomy subsequently ending his season.
Gurriel had just returned to the lineup on September 14th after spending more than a month on the injured list with a strained left quadriceps muscle.
Gurriel has been snakebitten with injuries over the past couple seasons, so hopefully, this won’t be a trend that haunts the talented outfielder. He has all the tools to be a great player and a very important cog in the Blue Jays offence.
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The 25-year old was also demoted this season when he could no longer field his position up to major league expectations. Gurriel went back down to Triple-A and honed his craft as an outfielder after failing as an infielder.
Gurriel will finish with 2019 campaign with a .277/.327/.541 slash line with 41 extra-base hits including 20 homers. In 149 career games, Gurriel is hitting .279 with 31 bombs and 85 runs batted in with a 1.7 WAR.
Gurriel plugged into the meat of the Blue Jays lineup with the supporting cast bodes well for the Blue Jays moving forward. The native of Cuba must find a way to remain on the field in order to reach his full potential.
Thankfully, this injury should have no lasting effects and Gurriel should be healed up in plenty of time to kick off spring training in tip-top shape.