Blue Jays’ Jansen fractures finger on foul ball

Blue Jays' Jansen fractures finger on foul ball

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen suffered a fractured right middle finger when he was hit by a foul ball during Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, manager John Schneider told reporters, per Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Jansen will undergo more tests to determine the exact nature of his injury. There was no immediate timetable provided for his potential return.

“You know, it’s an initial X-ray, and I think there’s going to be more in-depth stuff done tonight and tomorrow. So, we’ll go from there,” Schneider said, according to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae.

Fracture is near knuckle. Likely Jansen lands on IL but that wasn’t fully decided as of a few minutes ago

— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) September 2, 2023

Jansen initially stayed in the game after being hit by the foul ball but was eventually removed for pinch hitter Alejandro Kirk in the seventh inning. The Blue Jays originally announced the injury as a right hand contusion.

Kirk would presumably take over as Toronto’s primary catcher if Jansen is out long term.

Jansen has dealt with a multitude of hand and wrist injuries from being hit by pitches or foul balls during his career. In 2022, he missed almost a month of action after suffering a metacarpal fracture in his left hand.

Before leaving Friday’s game, the 28-year-old went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs, raising his 2023 slash line to .228/.312/.474 across 86 games.

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