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Blue Jays place Kevin Pillar on 10-day disabled list

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Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is headed to the disabled list with a Sternoclavicular joint sprain, the team announced Sunday. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, Pillar’s arm has been set in a sling and will be kept that way for the next week, though he’s expected to miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks in recovery.

Pillar sustained the injury after sprinting to make a diving catch during Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Red Sox. He flipped the ball to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for an inning-ending double play in the third and was able to walk off the field without trouble, but was wincing when he returned to the dugout and didn’t come out for the fourth inning.

Prior to the incident, Pillar went 0-for-1 with a groundout. He’s batting .247/.279/.407 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases in 366 plate appearances this season. He’ll likely be replaced by some combination of Curtis Granderson, Dwight Smith Jr. and Kendrys Morales until he makes a full recovery.

In corresponding moves, Gurriel was also placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after colliding with Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday, while left-hander Jaime Garcia and right-hander Ryan Tepera have been activated from the 10-day DL to fill the two empty roster spots.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.