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 Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 01:27 am
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Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians with hamstring tightness. Manager John Gibbons said Morales will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, according to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Morales went 0-for-2 before being replaced by Steve Pearce in the bottom of the seventh. Morales grounded out to end the fourth inning. His spot in the lineup didn't come up again for a while because Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was in the middle of retiring 13 consecutive batters.

The designated hitter, who ostensibly replaced Edwin Encarnacion over the offseason, has been one of the Blue Jays' most productive hitters. He leads the team in home runs and RBIs with six and 20, respectively.

Toronto can ill afford another injury. With Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki, J.A. Happ, and Aaron Sanchez already entrenched on the disabled list, the roster barely resembles the team that took the field on Opening Day. Any shot the Blue Jays have at rebounding into contention is connected to how healthy they can be.

Morales has stayed healthy for most of his career - save for the fluke broken leg he suffered in 2010 with the Angels - so the Blue Jays will hope his removal is simply precautionary.