Springer, Bichette back in Blue Jays starting lineup Saturday vs. Tigers


George Springer and Bo Bichette will return to the Toronto Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre.

Springer is slated to DH in the leadoff spot while Bichette is back on the field at short stop and batting in the cleanup role.

Springer was pulled from Thursday’s game against the Tigers with discomfort in his right elbow in the eighth inning. Interim manager John Schneider said that Springer was “feeling good” afterward.

Springer was seen grimacing after his at-bat in the eighth inning and would come off the field after completing some warmup throws in the outfield. He made a highlight-reel catch in the fourth inning, running across centre field while diving to grab the ball.

The 32-year-old has missed time this season while dealing with elbow soreness — described by Schneider as “inflammation” for at least several weeks. The ailment kept the outfielder from participating in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.

“I’m going to have to fight through stuff all year,” Springer admitted back in July.

“It kind of is what it is. Still trying to fight through some stuff. But I’ll be alright. Between the break and now, we’re just trying to buy an extra day to make sure that it’s right and when it is, I’ll go back out.”

Springer is slashing .254 /331/.471 with 18 home runs and 47 RBIs in 87 games.

Bichette collided with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in left field during the eighth inning on Thursday.

The 24-year-old leads all Blue Jays in games played, along with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., having appeared in 99 of 100 contests this season.

In those games, Bichette is slashing .261/.306/.420 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Although neither started, both Springer and Bichette were available off of the bench during Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Tigers. Bichette entered the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the ninth and hit a fly out to end the contest.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays recalled RHP Trent Thornton from triple-A Buffalo while sending down RHP Max Castillo.

Watch the Toronto Blue Jays host the Detroit Tigers live Saturday on Sportsnet or Sportsnet NOW starting at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.

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