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Blue Jays add Maicer Izturis to crowded DL

08/22/2013 10:46 EDT | Updated 10/22/2013 05:12 EDT
Middle infielder Maicer Izturis on Thursday became the 16th Toronto Blue Jay to be placed on the disabled list this season.

He suffered a sprained left ankle when hitting the first-base bag at full speed in the fifth inning of Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of the hometown New York Yankees.

“It’s swelled up, it’s sore and I can’t walk,” Izturis, 32, told reporters after the game.

This is the Venezuelan second baseman/shortstop’s first trip to the DL this season.

Izturis, who was bothered by minor hamstring tightness in April, took the field for the bottom of the fifth before exiting the game.

“After a strikeout [to the Yankees’ Jayson Nix to start the inning], [Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki] threw me the ball and I couldn’t jump. I said: ‘No way I can play.’”

Izturis couldn’t put any weight on his left foot and was walking on his toes as he headed to the trainer’s room.

In 107 games this season, Izturis has a .236 batting average with five home runs and 32 runs batted in.

Toronto recalled shortstop Ryan Goins from triple-A Buffalo to take Izturis’s spot on the roster.

Goins, 25, hit .257 in 111 games for Buffalo this season with six homers, 46 RBIs and 22 doubles. The left-handed hitter is in his fifth pro season and led the Eastern League with 158 hits in 2012.

Earlier Tuesday, Blue Jays right-fielder Jose Bautista was put on the DL with a left hip bone bruise and could be shut down for the balance of the season.

Outfielders Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera, starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow and relief pitchers Steve Delabar, Dustin McGowan and Juan Perez are currently on the DL for the 57-70 Blue Jays.

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