George Springer crashes into wall, leaves game

In quite possibly the worst Friday evening news dump ever, George Springer has left the Toronto Blue Jays’ Friday night game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Springer crashed into the wall at center field trying to catch a flyball.  He stayed down on the ground briefly with the Jays’ training staff to check up on him, but he initially stayed in the game.

The play that caused George Springer to leave today’s Blue Jays game vs the Rays
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 14, 2022

After grounding out in the top of the third, Ramiel Tapia took over his spot. It goes without saying but this is far from great news for the Jays. Staying positive is about all we can do, but it’s hard to not think back to his debut season in Toronto last year where he battled with a quad injury for what seemed like forever.
Springer’s been off to a strong start to his season slashing .283/.344/.531 while ripping seven dingers and 18 RBI. On top of that, he’s also been a vocal leader for this club helping to steer the ship.
According to Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae, Springer held a closed door, players only meeting Wednesday after the loss to the Yankees, where he had a general theme of staying positive.
“My main message was to slow down. It’s all good. It’s just baseball.”
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

“Where are they now?”: Prospects traded from the 2019 deadline to the end of 2021

On Sunday evening, I had a Twitter thread about prospects that had been traded since the 2019 trade deadline. This thread popped off, but a lot of Twitter folks were asking if I could go more in depth with these prospects.

That’s what this article will cover. Please note that I’ve excluded players such as T.J Zeuch, Yennesy Diaz, Sean Reid Foley, Hector Perez and Andrew McInvale. These players are either too old for me to consider prospects, or they aren’t good enough to make the majors.
I also won’t be including players from the recent Matt Chapman trade, at least until the trade deadline article.
Also make note that this will be the first in a series of three articles. One will come around the trade deadline and one will come at the end of the season. Not just that, but it’s possible that I’ll also cover the players traded during the 2015 season if you’re interested.
With all that being said, I hope you enjoy this article.
Cal Stevenson:
Along with former all-star Aaron Sanchez (who plays for the Rochester Red Wings) and Joe Biagini (Buffalo Bisons), the then 22-year-old outfielder was traded to the Houston Astros for Derek Fisher.
Stevenson was originally drafted out of community college by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, but he elected to pursue further education. Two years later, the outfielder was drafted in the 10th round of the 2018 draft out of Arizona by the Blue Jays. 
In his first …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

How the lines could look following Muzzin’s injury

While the Leafs did enjoy a bounce-back win on Tuesday evening, it came at the expense of Jake Muzzin who left the game early.
Late in the third period, Muzzin was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois and as he fell to the ice, his head and neck were knocked back after colliding with Oliver Bjorkstrand’s leg. He was unable to get up on his own power and was eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher following a 15-minute delay.

Here’s the cross check from Pierre-Luc Dubois on Jake Muzzin. No penalty for Dubois.
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) August 4, 2020

In the fallback of this gut-wrenching injury, fans wonder how the Leafs will adjust their lines for Games 3 and 4. This depends on what Sheldon Keefe will be looking for on his blue line for however long Muzzin is gone. Does he want to implement a player who can impact the game offensively or can provide value on the penalty kill?
If the answer is the former, then Rasmus Sandin makes the most sense. He showed promising progression during his second tenure with the big club and was trusted into big minutes when they had …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Will the Leafs be leaving New York with Alexandar Georgiev?

The Leafs are in New York to face the Rangers this evening, and depending on how desperate they’re feeling these days, they could be flying out of the city with a new goaltender in tow.
Links between Toronto and the Rangers’ Alexandar Georgiev have been talked about all season to this point, and will only get stronger as the deadline gets closer and especially if Andersen continues to miss games. This is driven by New York having to rectify a three-headed goalie situation, where Georgiev is set to receive a new RFA contract in the summer, but I also think part of it is particularly intriguing for Toronto fans because Georgiev has been a bit of a Leaf killer in the past.
Georgiev has seen plenty of action against the Maple Leafs in his career and has played well, posting a .929 save percentage across five games. That includes both starts against Toronto this season. In the most recent he made 44 saves on 48 shots.
With that in mind, it’s somewhat odd that the Rangers won’t start Georgiev tonight, instead opting for their unofficial third option, Igor Shesterkin. It’s tough to say if …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation