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Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. pulled from loss due to side-effects from COVID-19 vaccine

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. left after two innings of Friday night's 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels after experiencing side-effects from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pitcher Borucki out with same issue; outfielder Hernandez on injured list after exposure to COVID-19 case

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., seen above in March, was pulled from Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels after experiencing side-effects from a COVID-19 vaccine. (Steve Nesius/The Canadian Press)

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. left after two innings of Friday night's 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels after experiencing side-effects from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Gurriel Jr. had one at-bat before exiting the field in the third inning.

Earlier, the team placed outfielder Teoscar Hernandez on the injured list due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 case with a close contact outside of the team.

The Blue Jays said in a release issued Friday that contact tracing and followup testing is being performed.

The Blue Jays also placed left-handed pitcher Ryan Borucki on the injured list due to side-effects from his COVID-19 vaccination.

A number of Toronto players received shots before Thursday's game with the Angels.

In Friday's game, Shohei Ohtani homered and drove in four runs and Andrew Heaney pitched six scoreless innings as the Angels beat the Jays.

Ohtani completed a four-run second with a three-run double to deep right-centre off T.J. Zeuch. He also connected for a 422-foot solo drive to centre during Los Angeles' three-run fifth.

Heaney (1-1) allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked two in the second game at TD Ballpark. The Angels also won the first regular-season game at Toronto's spring training stadium, 7-5 in 11 innings on Thursday night.

"We've just got to relax a little bit and get good pitches," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "As a team, we're expanding the zone a lot and we're paying the price."

Jared Walsh hit a two-run drive off Zeuch (0-1) in the fifth as Los Angeles improved to 6-2 and matched the best eight-game start in franchise history (1970, 2017 and 2018).

Zeuch, who replaced opener David Phelps in the second, allowed seven runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Los Angeles right fielder Dexter Fowler left in the second inning with a left knee contusion after stepping awkwardly on second base on David Fletcher's run-scoring fielder's choice. After being on the ground for several minutes, Fowler was able to walk to a cart that took him off the field.

"I don't think it's bad, fortunately," Angels manager Joe Maddon said.

Maddon thinks it is possible that the Angels won't need to make a roster move following Fowler's injury.

The Angels had scored the winning runs in their final trip to the plate in each of their first five victories this season.

Marcus Semien, who had two of Toronto's five hits, scored on Chris Rodriguez's wild pitch in the eighth.

Meanwhile, right-hander Tyler Chatwood has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right-triceps inflammation.

Outfielder Josh Palacios, right-hander Joel Payamps, and right-hander Ty Tice were recalled from Toronto's alternate training site before the Blue Jays' game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

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