All good things come to an end, and for Blue Jays rookie Lourdes Gurriel Jr., the end came on Friday at the Rogers Centre.
Gurriel was riding an historic 11-game multi-hit streak. But on Friday, he managed only one hit.
Gurriel was activated from the disabled list Friday night and Richard Urena was optioned to triple-A Buffalo. On July 28, Gurriel became the first rookie in baseball’s modern era to have 10 consecutive multi-hit games. The last rookie to accomplish this feat was Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. The next day, Gurriel broke Jackson’s rookie record with his 11th consecutive multi-hit game to set a franchise record and be two games away from the major-league record set by Rogers Hornsby in 1923. But in the same game, Gurriel injured his left ankle and knee sliding into second base and was put on the DL. He was the seventh player in MLB since 1900 to record a multi-hit streak of at least 11 games (the last being Tony Perez in 1973). He also has hits in his last 18 starts. Jays manager John Gibbons used Gurriel as the leadoff hitter Friday to give him a better chance for an extra at-bat.
“It might come in handy,” the manager said.
It didn’t. Gurriel grounded out to third in his first at-bat against Philly starter Jake Arrieta. He struck out in the third. The Cuban singled left in the fifth to score Toronto’s fourth run of the game, and then struck out against reliever Hector Neris in the seventh in his final at-bat.
Gurriel was thrilled that he was able to make it back to the lineup with five weeks left in the season.
“It’s going to help me a lot,” he said. “I’m trying to play as much as I can. It was late a little bit last year, getting hurt, and even this year I missed some games. I think it’s something that’s going to be really important to me, to get as much playing time as I can get.”
Gurriel said he didn’t think about the streak while he was rehabbing prior to his rejoining the Jays.
“I was just trying to do the same thing I was doing before,” he said through team interpreter Josue Peley. “And even while I was rehabbing I was just trying to do my work. And it’s just something that I wasn’t thinking about it too much. If it happened, it happened. If it doesn’t then I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m supposed to do.”
AROUND THE DIAMOND
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who has missed the entire season with a right heel injury, is in town for the weekend, apparently just for a visit. He’s expected to talk to the media on Saturday … With Devon Travis’ 10th home run of the season on Wednesday, the Jays have 10 players with 10 plus homers for a franchise record (the previous high was nine, recorded in six different seasons, the last time 2010). It’s the most of all teams this season.
FICKLE FINGER OF FATE
At this point of the season, the Blue Jays are looking for RHP Aaron Sanchez just to throw a lot of pitches and not feel pain.
Sanchez returned from a finger injury this week and is scheduled to start Saturday’s game after being out since June 22.
“For him, with the injury issues, we’re basically we’re just looking for him to feel good,” Gibbons said when asked what he was looking for from Sanchez on Saturday. “Get him back out there and let him finish the season.”
Sanchez started just eight games for the Jays in 2017 because of right middle finger blister issues, and has missed 53 games this season with a right index finger contusion. He threw 86 pitches in a minor league rehab start this week and threw a side session in Toronto on Thursday, getting the green light to start Saturday.
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