Kevin Pillar strained his oblique sneezing

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Somewhere, Sammy Sosa is smiling. Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar strained his oblique while sneezing. Pillar is expected to miss a week of action but should still have plenty of time to be ready in time for the start of the regular season.

Baseball fans may recall that former Cubs great Sammy Sosa injured his back with a sneeze in May 2004, so Pillar is certainly not alone. The injury caused Sosa to miss more than a month of the regular season.

Pillar, 26, should get regular playing time in left field while Michael Saunders is on the disabled list. There’s a decent chance, though, that Saunders is ready by Opening Day, which would force Pillar back to the bench. Pillar hit .267/.295/.397 with two home runs and seven RBI in 122 plate appearances for the Jays last season.

Sean Doolittle to miss more time with stress reaction in bridge of left foot

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.

According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.

Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.