KANSAS CITY — Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen has a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand, tests late Monday revealed, another harsh setback in what’s shown flickers of being a breakout season.
Jansen took a pitch off his left hand in the eighth inning of Monday’s 8-0 win over the Royals, and while he finished the game behind the plate, the bad news came soon after. The fracture is on the hand itself, just below the pinky finger on the bone that runs from the finger to the wrist.
Jansen had already missed a significant chunk of the season with a left oblique injury, but he has otherwise blossomed as a power hitter, launching seven home runs in just 19 games. Still, with Zack Collins rushing from Triple-A Buffalo to meet the Blue Jays in Kansas City, it’s not time for Gabriel Moreno, ranked as the club’s No. 1 prospect and fourth overall by MLB Pipeline, to make his MLB debut.
“Gabriel has been awesome,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said. “He’s continued to improve. He’s in a really good spot and he’s very much in the mix for us.”