OAKLAND, Calif. – That the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Saturday to continue their successful road trip hardly seemed to matter.
With Matt Shoemaker's sprained knee scheduled for an MRI on Sunday, few in Toronto's clubhouse were in the mood to celebrate.
"I just found out when the game was over," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "We're going to find out tomorrow from the MRI how bad it is."
Shoemaker, sidelined in recent years by a series of injuries, was hurt while chasing down Oakland's Matt Chapman in the third inning. The 32-year-old starter applied the tag and spun around to avoid contact.
As he twirled, Shoemaker appeared to injure his knee.
Limited to seven starts last year with the Los Angeles Angels because a strained right forearm, Shoemaker entered the day 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA for his new team. In 2016, he sustained a skull fracture when he was hit in the head by a line drive, and he's had lingering forearm trouble for a while.
"Every outing has been strong for him, even today until the incident occurred. Hopefully he'll be back," said Toronto's Sam Gaviglio, who got the win in relief of Shoemaker.