Izturis exits game vs. Rays with strained groin

Izturis exits game vs. Rays with strained groin

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Blue Jays' string of bad luck this spring continued when infielder Maicer Izturis left Friday afternoon's 11-5 win over the Rays with a strained right groin.

Izturis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday morning to determine the extent of the injury. The Blue Jays will be able to announce a tentative timetable for his return after the doctor gets a closer look at the possible damage.

The 34-year-old Izturis missed almost all of last season because of a left knee injury. He was the favorite to win the starting job at second base, and if he is forced to miss an extended period of time, it likely opens the door for Ryan Goins and rookie Devon Travis.

Izturis likely injured himself while fielding a ground ball in the bottom of the second inning. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Mitch Nay in the top of the third and then immediately went into the clubhouse to receive medical treatment.

The groin injury is the latest in what has become a laundry list of ailments the Blue Jays have been forced to deal with this spring. The bad luck started when outfielder Michael Saunders stepped on a sprinkler head and tore the meniscus in his left knee.

Since then, Marcus Stroman has been lost for the season with a torn ACL, Brett Cecil went down with a left shoulder injury, Kevin Pillar strained his oblique while sneezing, Edwin Encarnacion has a back issue and Ramon Santiago broke his collarbone while making a diving catch against the Braves.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.