DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) – Toronto Blue Jays closer Julian Merryweather has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. The right-hander felt discomfort in the left side of his abdomen on his final warmup pitch in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
Merryweather entered with two runners on and two outs and threw just two pitches to Aaron Hicks before Gary Sánchez was tagged out in a rundown between first and second base after a rise in the dirt. He didn’t return for the ninth. Merryweather has two saves and has allowed just one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts over 4⅓ innings in four appearances. His fastball has reached 100.4 mph this season.
T.J. Zeuch replaced Stripling.
NOTES: RHP David Phelps, hit in the lower back by Clint Frazier’s 100.7 mph liner Tuesday night, is day to day with a bruised back. … RHP Anthony Castro had his contract purchased from the alternate site and will work out of the bullpen.
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