Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Get Bad Injury News on Tepera, Axford before 13-6 Loss to Phillies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Get Bad Injury News on Tepera, Axford before 13-6 Loss to Phillies

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Injury bug bites Blue Jays

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Toronto Blue Jays were defeated 13-6 by the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training action on Thursday as the team was dealt a battery of bad news on the injury front.

According to the Blue Jays' website, relievers Ryan Tepera and John Axford have suffered injuries that will keep them out for at least the start of the season. Tepera has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right elbow while Axford, of Simcoe, Ont., has a stress reaction on a bone in his right elbow. Both players are scheduled to be re-evaluated later.

Meanwhile, outfielder Dalton Pompey of Mississauga, Ont./, was scratched from Thursday's lineup when he bumped his head on a bat in his locker. Pompey has a history of concussion issues.

And reliever Bud Norris was scheduled to pitch an inning of relief in Thursday's game, but was pulled for an unspecified issue during his warmup. …

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