TORONTO – Blue Jays right fielder Alex Rios remained in the hospital Friday because of a serious infection in his lower left leg and could be sidelined through the All-Star break.
Rios fouled a ball off his leg during Tuesday’s 6-0 victory over the Washington Nationals and the area swelled. He sat out Wednesday’s game as a precaution but the pain got worse Thursday, causing the team to send him to the hospital.
Rios’ leg was drained Friday, and manager John Gibbons didn’t know whether the outfielder would be placed on the disabled list.
“It will probably be a few days before he can even get on it,” Gibbons said.
Blue Jays trainer George Poulis described the injury as “weird,” because there was no visible break in the skin that might have allowed the troublesome bacteria to enter. Rios was given strong antibiotics.
The 25-year-old outfielder is having a breakout season, batting .330 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs. He also has 20 doubles, nine stolen bases and a .383 on-base percentage. He has also excelled on defense where he has not committed an error.
“He’s doing well. He’s in good hands. It’s not alarming,” Ricciardi said.
I know how serious a infection in the legs can be. A few years I got an infection turned into full blown cellulitis. Complicated by circulation problems, I’ll be struggling with the problem the rest of my life. It probably isn’t cellulitis in Rios’ case but I wish him well
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