TORONTO -- The suddenly red-hot Aledmys Diaz was removed from Tuesday night's 14-5 victory over the White Sox in the sixth inning because of back spasms and he is considered day to day.Diaz said following the game that he sustained the injury after hitting a two-run homer in the third
TORONTO -- The suddenly red-hot Aledmys Diaz was removed from Tuesday night's 14-5 victory over the White Sox in the sixth inning because of back spasms and he is considered day to day.
Diaz said following the game that he sustained the injury after hitting a two-run homer in the third inning. It was his fourth extra-base hit over his previous three games and marked the first time in his career he homered in back-to-back contests.
The Blue Jays don't expect the back issue to become a serious injury and there is no initial expectation that he will be forced to the disabled list. Instead, the Blue Jays might look to start Mpho' Ngoepe at shortstop in Wednesday's series finale before the club enjoys on off-day on Thursday.
"Just a little back spasm I had after I hit the homer and it just got worse and worse as the game kept going," Diaz said through an interpreter. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow."
Before coming out of the game, Diaz had gone 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Four of his five hits this season have gone for extra bases and his 0-for-9 skid at the start of the year quickly has become a distant memory. The Blue Jays can only hope the back issue becomes a distant memory, too, because with Troy Tulowitzki currently on the 60-day disabled list, Toronto can ill afford to lose more depth up the middle.
Diaz did not seem too concerned about the injury after the game. He conceded the soreness increased as the game progressed, but he expects to be back in the lineup later this week.
"It's part of the game," Diaz said. "I feel great mentally, so that's what's really important for me. Hopefully it's not too bad so I can keep rolling."
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