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Jenkins out for season with broken right hand

Blue Jays reliever is struck during batting practice prior to Thursday's game

ST. PETERSBURG -- Blue Jays right-hander Chad Jenkins will miss the rest of the season after he sustained a fractured right hand during batting practice prior to Thursday night's game against the Rays.

Jenkins was struck during batting practice, but it wasn't immediately clear how the incident happened. He was sent for further evaluations, which revealed the fracture.

The recovery time is expected to take approximately four-to-six weeks, which means Jenkins won't have enough time to return this season. He had become a versatile arm that manager John Gibbons trusted both in middle and long relief.

Jenkins enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, but he also had to deal with more than his fair share of turmoil. The 26-year-old had an option remaining on his contract, which meant that he was often the odd-man out when the club had to make a roster move.

It seemed like Jenkins was constantly being shuttled back and forth between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo. He was optioned to the Minors six times, but he finished his big league season with a 2.56 ERA in 31 2/3 innings.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.
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