Blue Jays star George Springer is “hopeful” that he will be activated for Monday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
The three-time All-Star outfielder ran sprints before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers and felt good.
Springer is considered day-to-day with a grade 1 left knee sprain. He was injured when he hit the outfield wall while chasing a ball in Seattle on Aug. 14 and has not played since.
When the 31-year-old returns to the Toronto lineup, the Blue Jays plan to use him as their designated hitter. The team currently uses Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez in the outfield, in addition to Corey Dickerson.
Before suffering an injury, Springer was one of the best players in the American League, winning the American League Player of the Week honors two weeks in a row. He’s hitting .269 / .362 / .610 with 16 homers and 35 RBIs in 49 games this season.
The Blue Jays are fourth in the AL East with a 67-61 record, 13.5 games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto is 6.5 games away from a wild card spot.