Pillar exits after catch with SC joint injury

July 14th, 2018

BOSTON -- Blue Jays center fielder was forced to leave Saturday afternoon's 6-2, extra-inning loss to the Red Sox with a right sternoclavicular (SC) joint injury. Per Toronto, he will undergo imaging and further evaluation.

There was no post-game update available. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said simply, "He's at the hospital right now, getting checked out."

Pillar made a diving catch to rob of an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. His head-first grab started an inning-ending double play, but Pillar was seen grimacing in pain and holding his neck after returning to the dugout.

The 29-year-old Pillar did not return to the field for the bottom of the fourth. He was replaced by , who entered the game in right field while moved over to center.

Pillar has appeared in all but one of Toronto's 94 games this season. He was coming off a four-hit, four-RBI performance on Friday night that matched career highs in both categories. The California native reached base on a fielder's choice during his lone plate appearance on Saturday afternoon.