Nursing foot injury, Hernandez not starting for Blue Jays against Cubs

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez is not in the starting lineup for Monday’s game against the visiting Chicago Cubs after he appeared to be hampered by a foot injury over the weekend.

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Due to Hernandez running half-speed from first and opting not to slide aggressively into second, he was out on Sunday on a grounder to shortstop against the Los Angeles Angels.

Hernandez exited a game nine days ago after fouling a ball off his left foot (X-rays returned negative) then exited another on Friday after again fouling a ball off the same area (X-rays also negative). Hernandez was out of the lineup Saturday due to discomfort from the resulting contusions and clearly wasn’t moving as well as he does when healthy while going first-to-third on Matt Chapman’s double in the fourth on Sunday.

Raimel Tapia will play right field on Monday with George Springer in centre and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in left.

Danny Jansen catches with Alejandro Kirk at designated hitter. Jose Berrios will be on the mound.

Watch the Blue Jays-Cubs game on Monday at 7:07 p.m. ET on Sportsnet or SN NOW.

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