Danny Jansen Suffers Finger Fracture

Blue Jays receiver Danny Janssen suffered a fracture near his left little finger, general manager Ross Atkins told reporters (including MLB.com’s Keegan Matheson). He’s heading to the 10-day injured list, although Atkins said the recovery time should be shorter for a broken bone. Support companion Zack Collins is called back from Triple-A Buffalo in a matching move.

It’s the second stint in IL of the season for Jansen, who also missed more than a month after straining his oblique. As a result, he only appeared in 19 games, but the right-hit backstop had a huge impact on power when healthy. In 62 trips to home plate, Jansen hit seven homers. That was more than enough to offset a .232 batting average and .290 on-base percentage, and he’s now hit 12 homers in 125 plate appearances since last September.

Losing Jansen as he hits this well will be an obvious disappointment, but the Jays are as well equipped as any club to handle a hit to their catching body. Alexander Kirk has been pressed primarily in a designated hitter role with Jansen, but is able to slip behind the plate in the latter’s absence. Kirk isn’t considered a great defenseman, but he’s one of the best offensive options in the league. The 23-year-old is hitting an excellent .306/.389/.465 in 47 games this season.

Collins, acquired from the White Sox in a one-for-one trade with Reese McGuire, provides a powerful depth option behind Kirk. The Jays also have one of the best prospects in the game, Gabriel Moreno, knocking on the door of the majors. The 22-year-old is averaging .323/.377/.406 in 146 plate appearances at Buffalo. The Jays have opted to ride with the more experienced tandem of Kirk and Collins for the time being, but Moreno believes he will be on the scene before too long if he continues to perform at this level.

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