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Injured Blue Jays outfielder George Springer to play intrasquad game Friday

Springer is yet to make his Toronto debut with two separate injuries delaying the start of his season.
Springer is yet to make his Toronto debut with two separate injuries delaying the start of his season.Jeffrey McWhorter/Associated Press

Blue Jays outfielder George Springer will play in an intrasquad game Friday, the next step on his return from two strained muscles that have delayed his Toronto debut.

Springer signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal with the Blue Jays this offseason but missed time in spring training, first because of a strained oblique and later because of a right quadriceps strain.

The World Series MVP when Houston won its first title in 2017, Springer could return in this weekend’s road series against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to general manager Ross Atkins.

“He’s excited, we’re exceptionally excited,” Atkins said Thursday. “Tomorrow is a great day for George.

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“He’s doing all baseball activity, he’s extremely confident and strong,” Atkins said. “Now it’s just a matter of recovery and putting him in a position to play nine innings and feel like he can face elite major league pitching. Tomorrow will be a very important day to determine what that next step is and what’s best for him.”

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger still healing hairline leg fracture

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger is still uncertain when he will return from a hairline fracture in his left leg.

Bellinger said that he feels “great” but the 2019 NL MVP must wait to return to the defending World Series champions’ lineup.

“I can’t really do much until the bone heals, which depends on each person,” Bellinger said. “But once that bone heals up, what I’ve been told is you’re ready to go from there.”

Bellinger was injured April 5 when Athletics reliever Reymin Guduan inadvertently spiked him at first base in Oakland. The injury was listed as a left calf injury, but the main problem is a hairline fracture in his fibula.

The Dodgers’ medical team initially saw only bruising and swelling in Bellinger’s calf, but the fracture was found by a CT scan after he reported pain in his leg.

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The Dodgers are thriving without their star outfielder/first baseman, getting off to a major league-best 14-4 start. Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts are mostly playing center field, while Max Muncy and Edwin Ríos are playing first base.

Peralta’s 7 RBIs help D-Backs top Reds

Peralta finished a double short of the cycle in a big offensive day for Arizona.
Peralta finished a double short of the cycle in a big offensive day for Arizona.Andy Lyons/Getty

David Peralta hit a three-run triple in a six-run 10th inning to finish with five hits and a career-best seven RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks overcame six Cincinnati home runs to beat the Reds 14-11. Carson Kelly followed Peralta with a two-run homer as the Diamondbacks opened a 14-8 lead. Arizona hung on in the bottom half to complete a three-game sweep that extended its winning streak to four and boosted its record to 9-10... Rougned Odor’s two-out, two-run single broke a seventh-inning tie — and maybe jarred New York from its hitting funk — and sent the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a four-game series. Odor was batting just .107 and in a 3-for-28 slide when he came up against Nick Wittgren (0-1). He slapped his single through the middle to score Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to break a 3-3 tie as the Yankees got just their second win in eight games... The San Diego Padres placed right-hander Dinelson Lamet on the 10-day injured list with right forearm inflammation, a day after he came out of his season debut after just two innings. The Padres also placed reliever Keone Kela on the IL with right shoulder inflammation.

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