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Alford out 3-6 weeks with hamstring strain

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays left fielder Anthony Alford will miss the next three to six weeks because of a Grade 2 strain in his right hamstring.

Alford is Toronto's top prospect in big league camp and was one of the club's most positive storylines this spring with a .323/.313/.645 slash line over 13 games. He is ranked No. 3 in the Blue Jays' system by MLB Pipeline, trailing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays left fielder Anthony Alford will miss the next three to six weeks because of a Grade 2 strain in his right hamstring.

Alford is Toronto's top prospect in big league camp and was one of the club's most positive storylines this spring with a .323/.313/.645 slash line over 13 games. He is ranked No. 3 in the Blue Jays' system by MLB Pipeline, trailing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette.

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One positive is that the Blue Jays should be well equipped to handle the injury. Alford was not in contention for a spot on the Major League team, and Toronto has Teoscar Hernandez, Dwight Smith Jr. and Dalton Pompey as depth options in the Minors. Toronto projects to have outfielders Curtis Granderson, Kevin Pillar, Randal Grichuk and Steve Pearce on the big league squad.

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Donaldson returns
Josh Donaldson made his return to the Blue Jays' lineup in Friday's 6-4 victory over the Phillies. Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout while also making a nice play on a slow roller up the third-base line. It was Donaldson's first appearance since he was removed from a game against the Tigers on Saturday because of dehydration and cramping in his calf muscle.

"It's not an issue, I'm out there playing," Donaldson said after the game. "Just kind of working into it. I'm not going crazy out there right now. Just trying to enjoy the weather ... but I'm seeing the ball pretty well right now, without having consistent at-bats, and that's good."

Video: TOR@PHI: Donaldson races in for nice barehanded stop

The waiting game
South Korean right-hander Seung Hwan Oh remains in limbo as he waits for his work visa to be approved by the United States government. Oh signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays late last month but cannot appear in spring games until his paperwork goes through the proper channels. The process has taken longer than expected, but the Blue Jays still hope Oh will be available at the start of the season.

Oh has been throwing regular bullpen sessions and should only need two or three outings before he is deemed ready. The problem is -- that will become a challenge unless Oh's visa is approved relatively soon.

"He's still doing all that throwing," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It's not ideal, but we really haven't talked about [Oh missing time] yet."

The medical report
Justin Smoak has been held out of the lineup this week because of a sprained left wrist. Smoak initially was scheduled to play in Fort Myers, Fla., against the Red Sox on Thursday but was scratched because of the injury. The issue is considered minor and Smoak is expected to be back in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Stroman is scheduled to throw approximately 30 pitches in an exhibition game against the Canadian Junior National Team on Saturday. Stroman has yet to appear in a game this spring because of right shoulder inflammation, and this will mark his first step in getting stretched out. Stroman remains questionable for the first week of the season.

• Grichuk remains out because of a minor rib cage issue. Grichuk is considered day to day, but Toronto expects him to be ready for Opening Day on March 29 against the Yankees.

"I think he's going to be fine," Gibbons said. "I don't think he's too far off. You don't know how that's going to develop, but I don't anticipate any problems there."

Up next
It's Canada Day south of the border as the Blue Jays host their annual spring game against the Canadian Juniors on Saturday afternoon at 1:07 p.m. ET at Dunedin Stadium. Braden Halladay, the son of the late Roy Halladay, will be on the mound for Canada after he was previously invited to play for his adopted country.

The game -- which can be seen live on MLB.TV -- will be a family affair for the Blue Jays as Cavan Biggio, Kacy Clemens, Guerrero and Bichette -- the sons of former Major Leaguers -- start for Toronto. Stroman will make his return in this game and is scheduled for approximately two innings of work. The Blue Jays also will travel to Sarasota on Saturday afternoon for a split-squad game against the Orioles, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Joe Biagini will start in a game that can be listened to on Gameday Audio.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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