Bichette day to day with tight left hamstring

July 28th, 2020

was scratched from the Blue Jays’ lineup just prior to first pitch against the Nationals on Monday due to left hamstring tightness, the club announced.

Bichette had been penciled into his regular leadoff spot before the late news. In his place, Teoscar Hernández was moved up to the leadoff spot, while Joe Panik shifted from third to shortstop and Brandon Drury entered the lineup to play the hot corner. Hernandez led off the game with a home run and later added another in Toronto's 4-1 win.

Following the game, manager Charlie Montoyo explained that Bichette felt something in his hamstring while fielding ground balls. Bichette is the type of player who’s set on playing all 60 -- or, typically, all 162 -- games, but he tested it out prior to the game and said he wouldn’t be able to go.

“It’s a day-to-day deal, so we’ll see how he feels [Tuesday],” Montoyo said. “I’m guessing a couple of days, but you never know with hamstrings.”

Along with Panik, utility man Santiago Espinal could also fill in at shortstop, if needed.

In Toronto's first three games against Tampa Bay, Bichette went 4-for-16 (.250) with five strikeouts.

Beyond Bichette, the Blue Jays are also without closer Ken Giles, who landed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a right forearm strain. Center fielder Randal Grichuk is day to day with back tightness, while third baseman Travis Shaw is away from the club on family medical leave.