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Bo Bichette lands back on the IL with thigh injury

Just over a week after returning from a knee injury, the Blue Jays star is back on the shelf with a quad sprain as Toronto’s playoff hopes hang in the balance.

Bo Bichette of Toronto Blue Jays runs on the field before playing the Cleveland Guardians in their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on August 27, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

As the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2023 playoff hopes hang in the balance, the team will have to stay afloat without its most valuable player for at least the next week or two. Just days after returning from a knee sprain, star shortstop Bo Bichette has been placed back on the IL with a quad injury he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Guardians. Infielder Mason McCoy, who’s yet to make his MLB debut, has been called up to the Major League roster from Triple-A in a corresponding move.

Bichette exited Sunday’s game following an at-bat in the bottom of the sixth inning with what the team referred to as quad tightness. Manager John Schneider told reporters after the game that the 25-year-old had been battling the discomfort for a few days, though he stopped short of saying that an IL stint would be needed. On Tuesday Schneider described the strain as “mild,” and made it seem as though Bichette might be back in a matter of days — but in the meantime, the Jays needed the roster spot.

Bichette was just getting back into the swing of things following his previous injury, tendonitis in his knee that caused him to miss nearly three weeks. The All-Star returned to the Jays’ lineup on August 19 and had played in eight games since. He’s been the most consistent part of what’s been an underwhelming Toronto offense so far this season, slashing .314/.344/.488 with 18 homers, 26 doubles and three steals, and his absence comes at a particularly brutal time for his team.

The Blue Jays enter Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals just 5-5 in their last 10 and now 2.5 games back of the Houston Astros for the third and final AL Wild Card spot. The options at shortstop behind Bichette are less than inspiring: Toronto traded for Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong at the deadline, but he’s since been released after struggling at the plate in his brief time north of the border. Santiago Espinal is the most natural defensive fit, but he’s hitting just .213/.286/.290. Rookie Ernie Clement and Davis Schneider have hit well in their brief MLB stints, but they’re unproven in the hothouse of a pennant race and would be stretched defensively at the 6 — as would veteran Whit Merrifield, who’s been manning second base.