Blue Jays' injury woes continuing to grow

Blue Jays' injury woes continuing to grow

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The loss of Marcus Stroman is the latest in a string of injuries to impact the Blue Jays during the opening weeks of Spring Training.

Stroman tore the ACL in his left knee while going through pitchers' fielding practice on Tuesday morning. He will undergo a second opinion later this week, but barring the unforeseen will miss the entire 2015 season.

Even before that injury occurred though, a large group of players were making frequent visits to the trainer's room.

Here's a closer look at which players have encountered issue, along with when they can be expected back on the field:

LHP Brett Cecil: The veteran southpaw felt some discomfort in his left shoulder early in camp and was completely shut down for approximately one week. He was back on the field Tuesday morning, and he played catch on flat ground with Stroman. The native of Maryland will be monitored over the next day or so, and a bullpen session will eventually be scheduled. Cecil is not currently scheduled to appear in Grapefruit League games, but that could happen by the end of the week.

C Dioner Navarro: The catcher tweaked his knee during Monday afternoon's game against the Tigers, and he's expected to miss a couple of days. That matinee affair vs. Detroit included a passed ball and a pair of wild pitches. But Navarro is not expected to miss a significant amount of time, and he should return to the field later this week. He'll likely start the year as a backup catcher, and he could also receive some at-bats in the DH spot.

IF/OF Dayan Viciedo: The former White Sox outfielder was a late scratch for Monday's split-squad game against the Astros because of a right foot infection. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wasn't sure how the infection occurred, but Viciedo likely will return later this week. A quick recovery will be important, because he's currently battling for a spot on the 25-man roster as a backup who could receive time in left field and possibly first base.

OF Jose Bautista: The All-Star was a late scratch on Thursday because of a tight hamstring in his right leg. Bautista returned to action on Sunday, and he hit his first homer of the spring on Monday afternoon against the Tigers. He appears to be over the injury and it's not expected to cause him to miss any additional time.

OF Michael Saunders: The young outfielder, who underwent left knee surgery earlier this spring, hit off a tee for the first time over the weekend, and on Tuesday morning, he took swings in the cage off a bullpen pitcher. He continues to show progress and appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab. At one point, Saunders was expected to be out until the All-Star break, but his timeline has since been updated, and it's possible he could make it back by Opening Day.

1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion: The veteran power hitter underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed inflammation in his lower back. The 32-year-old has been shut down for approximately four to five days, and he will then gradually increase his baseball activities. It's not immediately clear when Encarnacion will make his return to official Grapefruit League games.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.