Placed on the 10-day IL on August 2 but retroactive to August 1, with right knee patellar tendinitis.
When Bo Bichette injured himself versus the Orioles, there was plenty of initial concern. He was in obvious distress as he pulled up after rounding first base, and was forced to leave the game.
When an update came the following day, it wasn't as bad as first feared. However, it wasn't great either, as it was revealed Bichette had no significant structural damage.
In other words, while the two-time All-Star was placed on the 10-day IL, his absence was likely to extend past this initial time period. And so this has proved to be.
An encouraging update last Tuesday advised Bichette was moving around with hardly any symptoms during a workout. As per Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, a couple of days after this he was hitting in the cage at Rogers Centre and jogging, albeit not running full-tilt yet.
As much as all of this represents steps in the right direction, a projected return date is still unclear for the 25-year-old. More clarity will come when he starts running properly.
In this respect, the Toronto Star's Mike Wilner spoke to Bichette on Sunday, with the shortstop advising he feels like he's ahead of schedule. At the same time though, he admitted he's still taking it easy on changes of direction while running.
It's a delicate balancing act between being cautious with Bichette, and getting his bat back in the lineup as soon as feasible. While Paul DeJong is a decent replacement, his strength is defense rather than offense.