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Mo injury reminds Blue Jays to be cautious

Mo injury reminds Blue Jays to be cautious

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Mo injury reminds Blue Jays to be cautious
ANAHEIM -- Mariano Rivera's serious injury has caused many teams to reflect on safety measures for their players.

The Yankees' star closer tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice on Thursday and is facing a long rehab.

The incident is best described as a freak injury, and the Blue Jays aren't about to ban their pitchers from taking the field prior to games, but they are conscientious of potential dangers.

"I can't say just because of one unfortunate instance it is a greater emphasis," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "Those are things that we remind guys of continually, whether it's jumping six feet in the air after hitting a game-winning home run or sliding headfirst into a bag when it's not necessary.

"Instincts of players are what they are and you'd like to think you can protect against anything, but all you can do is be remindful."

The infamous six-foot jump that Farrell referred to occurred at the end of Tuesday's dramatic win over the Rangers. Brett Lawrie hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning, and as he reached home plate the second-year third baseman leaped into the air while an eager group of teammates awaited his arrival.

Lawrie did a similar celebration following a walk-off homer in 2011, and it's the type of situation that Farrell hopes to avoid in the future because he's concerned about the well-being of Lawrie and the rest of his team.

"You always think of does he land on somebody's foot and turn an ankle?" Farrell said. "I don't know if he mentioned it in the scrum afterwards, but he talked about playing basketball before, and he can jump. I said, 'Well, next time you play basketball you can do that over there but not here.'"

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