Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis has torn knee ligament, may miss 4-6 months

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The injury news is not good for Maicer Izturis and the Blue Jays. (USATSI)
The injury news is not good for Maicer Izturis and the Blue Jays. (USATSI)

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The Blue Jays announced on Monday that infielder Maicer Izturis will require surgery to repair a complete tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee. Izturis, however, will seek a second opinion. If he indeed undergoes surgery, then he'll likely be sidelined for the next four to six months -- i.e., potentially he could miss the rest of the 2014 season.

Izturis, 33, owns a career batting line of .269/.331/.372 (90 OPS+) across parts of 11 major-league seasons. In 2013, Izturis saw significant time at short, second and third. Given the uncertain situation at second base and the injury concerns of Jose Reyes, this could be a significant loss for the Jays.

Izturis is in the second season of a three-year, $10-million contract.

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