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Blue Jays bracing themselves for Bo Bichette prognosis

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - AUGUST 14: Joey Wendle #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays slides into second base as Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays drops the ball during the first inning of an MLB game at Sahlen Field on August 14, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - AUGUST 14: Joey Wendle #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays slides into second base as Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays drops the ball during the first inning of an MLB game at Sahlen Field on August 14, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. The Blue Jays are the home team and are playing their home games in Buffalo due to the Canadian government’s policy on coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The entire Toronto Blue Jays organization is bracing themselves for an unfavourable Bo Bichette prognosis.

According to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, a source in Buffalo is reporting that Bo Bichette‘s knee injury is worse than first anticipated. It is being speculated that the sprained knee may keep the shortstop out of action for the better part of a month.

This would obviously be a huge blow to the Jays chances in this pandemic shortened season. Bichette was just hitting his stride after decimating opposition pitching this past week. The 22-year old was batting .361/.391/.672 with five home runs at the time of the injury.

The injury occurred during the Blue Jays rain-shortened game versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. I am not sure if I missed it but I was watching the game and did not see where the injury occurred. Bichette went 1 for 2 with a single and a strikeout before Mother Nature halted the contest.

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This will be the second time in as many years that Bichette has hit the injured reserve, as late last season the shortstop suffered a concussion and was sidelined for the remainder of the 2019 campaign.

Rookie shortstop Santiago Espinal is expected to get most of the reps in Bichette’s absence, however, the team also has veteran infielder Joe Panik who can also share the duties. Unfortunately, neither player will come close to filling the scoresheet like “Bo”.

If the Blue Jays begin to slide further out of contention as a result of the injury, look for the brain trust to start wheeling and dealing leading up to the trade deadline later this month.

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Hopefully, the prognosis is not a worst-case scenario but as of now, it does not appear to be very promising. Bo is the straw that stirs the Jays offensive drink and he will be sorely missed at the top of the order.

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