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Francisco Liriano diagnosed with concussion following knock in ALDS


Francisco Liriano exited Game 2 of the Blue Jays-Rangers ALDS on Friday when a Carlos Gomez comebacker struck him in the head. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo tests and has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, per’s Gregor Chisholm.

The good news? There’s no structural damage, and while Liriano remains day-to-day for the time being, a return to the playoffs has not yet been ruled out by the Blue Jays. Manager John Gibbons can also opt to replace Liriano on the postseason roster should the left-hander’s recovery period extend past the end of October.

The Blue Jays also received the test results for second baseman Devon Travis, who was scratched prior to Friday’s game with right knee irritation. A MRI revealed a bone bruise, but like Liriano, there was no structural damage to indicate any kind of lasting damage.

The Jays are set to host the Rangers for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday at 7:30 PM EDT. Toronto currently leads the series, 2-0.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.