Latest injury update on Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen and its potential impact

What is the latest news on Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen and his right hand injury?
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In a recent update, the Toronto Blue Jays received some unfortunate news with regards to catcher Danny Jansen. He underwent successful surgery for his injured right hand on Thursday to insert a pin in his fractured middle finger and will now be out for the remainder of the regular season.

Jansen had been a key part of the Jays’ offence this year, as he had scored 38 runs, and racked up 15 doubles, 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 86 games played. More importantly, he had been instrumental in a number of key victories for the ballclub by coming up with clutch hits at the biggest moments of the game. Prior to his injury, Jansen had been heating up, hitting a solid .333 with a 1.121 OPS, six runs scored, three double, two home runs, four RBI, four walks and four strikeouts in his last nine games.

Now that Jansen will be absent from the lineup for the rest of the season, it will be up to Alejandro Kirk and Tyler Heineman to hold the down the fort and keep the team marching ahead towards a playoff spot. The Jays’ record without Jansen in the lineup this year is a surprisingly solid 34-21, so they will definitely need that to hold up during this crucial part of the schedule.

Fortunately, Kirk has also been hot as of late, as in his past nine games prior to Friday's matchup, he sported a .385 average with a 1.123 OPS with six runs scored, seven doubles, six RBI, five walks and four strikeouts. The weight will definitely be on his shoulders as he will be counted upon heavily to lead the pitching staff and the Jays as a whole down the stretch run.

Whether or not Jansen will heal fast enough to play by the postseason, if the Jays were to make it, is still yet to be determined. Hopefully, his recovery time will be faster than expected so that he can once again form the strong catching tandem with Kirk in a potential deep playoff run.