Matt Shoemaker injured in rundown, forced to leave start

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Matt Shoemaker experienced an unfortunate incident on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)
Matt Shoemaker experienced an unfortunate incident on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)

Matt Shoemaker was removed from his fifth start of the season due to a left knee sprain on Sunday afternoon.

The veteran starter got involved in a rundown when catcher Luke Maile caught Matt Chapman too far off first base after a ball in the dirt. The rundown was questionably executed, forcing the starter to enter the fray.

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Shoemaker ultimately caught Chapman, but his feet got caught up awkwardly during the play.

Via MLB.tv
Via MLB.tv

The 32-year-old stayed down on the field for some time following the incident, and was helped off. He was replaced by Sam Gaviglio.

Shoemaker was off to an outstanding start to the season. Including the three scoreless innings he tossed before leaving the game, the right-hander has a 1.57 ERA. He began his Blue Jays career by not allowing a run in his first 14 frames.

The next step for the veteran starter is to get an MRI on Sunday, from there the Blue Jays will determine his status.

The veteran has been snakebitten from an injury perspective throughout his career, and the Blue Jays will undoubtedly be hoping that he doesn’t have to miss much action.

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