Blue Jays manager Farrell diagnosed with pneumonia

Blue Jays manager John Farrell has been diagnosed with pneumonia after leaving Thursday's game...

Blue Jays manager John Farrell has been diagnosed with pneumonia after leaving Thursday's game against the Royals with pain in his side. (STEVE NESIUS/Reuters file photo)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:32 AM ET

TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell has been diagnosed with pneumonia after leaving Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals due to pain in his left side below the rib cage.

“He was moving a little funny,” Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu told reporters. “He’s been checked out, It was a muscle spasm.”

Farrell, 48, left the dugout in the eighth inning and came back in the ninth before leaving again.

Working his 130th game of the season, he was examined by Jays doctors in the trainer’s room and then taken to Mt. Sinai hospital along with his wife Sue.

“He went to the hospital to get checked,” said Wakamatsu. “He told me it’s the first time he’s ever felt that. I told him ‘go get it looked at.’ ”

Farrell has been released from hospital and is expected to return to the team on Friday.

In other news ... A struggling Jeff Francis dominated the Jays as the Royals took the series with a 9-6 victory before 17,355 fans at the Rogers Centre.

Francis, a native of North Delta, B.C., pitched six shutout innings during his first start in his home and native land.

Apart from Thursday's performance, August has been a rough month for Francis. Going into the game, he was 0-3 in four starts, allowing 19 runs in 20 2/3 innings (8.27 ERA) with four walks and 36 hits.

Francis showed no signs of struggle on this night as he struck out the side in the fourth, fanning Adam Lind, Brett Lawrie and, after walking J.P. Arencibia, Kelly Johnson. Two innings later, after a leadoff double by Jose Bautista, Francis fanned Lind and Edwin Encarnacion.

“I was throwing strikes with everything, there were a couple of mistakes that cost me a couple of runs,” Francis told reporters. “All in all, I’m happy with it.

“There was a lot of family that to watch, not only in the building but on TV. Once I get out there, it’s like every other game.”

Gift wrapped

Kansas City's Billy Butler has hit nothing but rockets this series. So the Jays must have been shocked to see him bloop a ball down the right field line into no man’s land. Right fielder Bautista was charging in and second baseman Johnson was also going out hard. The ball fell in between the two and first base ump Scott Barry got the call right: fair ball. The ball bounced into the seats for a ground-rule double. Two outs later, Mike Moustakas singled to centre, bringing in Butler to put the Royals ahead 2-0 ... Butler was 8-for-15 with four doubles, a homer and five RBIs on the series. Turn the page on that scouting report ... Arencibia dropped a foul pop up behind home plate in the top of the ninth. Moustakas then doubled in a run against left Rommie Lewis ... The Royals scored two unearned runs as a result.

In game

Encarnacion hit a two-run homer to right, his 13th, with two out in the ninth off closer Joakim Soria ... Kansas City's Johnny Giavotella had little to show for a good night after his third-inning, RBI single when he knocked in Salvador Perez who had doubled to left. Giavotella was robbed by third baseman Brett Lawrie, who made a back-handed stab behind third and threw a Scott Rolen-esque strike to first for the final out of the fifth ... Two innings later, Bautista stole another hit from Giavotella, making a fine running grab in right field ... With the bases loaded in the seventh, Moustakas dribbled a ball in front of the plate. Arencibia was out to field the ball and flipped it to reliever Shawn Camp. Camp backpedaled onto the plate to record the out. That’s why they work on those plays in the spring on the back fields ... Jays starter Brett Cecil pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk ... Six of the final 10 hitters Cecil faced reached base, three of them scoring. Cecil had a 1-2-3 fifth. He then surrendered a double to Melky Cabrera to start the sixth. A Butler single pushed Cabrera to third. Jeff Francoeur then singled home Cabrera. With two out, Perez hit a run-scoring single. With one out in the seventh, Cabrera hit his 17th homer and Cecil’s night was done. The lefty exited the game down 5-0 ... Bautista made a fine play in right on Mitch Maier in the ninth.

Mr. Johnson

New Jay Johnson (6-for-13 lifetime against Francis) was jammed in his first at-bat, popping up to first base in the second inning. In the fourth, he drew a walk. He then collected his first hit in a Toronto uniform with a single to left in the seventh ... With the infield in after Maier tripled to open the eighth, Johnson fielded a short hopper and fired to the first base side ... After his second walk, in the eighth inning, Johnson tagged on an Arencibia drive to deep centre. It was a risky move with the Jays down by three, but he was safe on a close play ... “I’d have like to see us put some better swings on (Francis), put some pressure on the (Royals), some pressure on (Francis),” said Johnson. “(Francis) changes speeds well, keeps the ball down” ... This was not Johnson’s first visit to Toronto. He attended the wedding of former Atlanta Braves teammate Peter Orr when the infielder wed in Newmarket, Ont. ... Johnson wears No. 2, Aaron Hill’s old number.

Snider shelved

Outfielder Travis Snider, who was sent down by the Jays to triple-A Las Vegas earlier this month, has been diagnosed with with tendinitis in his right wrist. Recovery time for the injury is four to six weeks, meaning Snider is likely done for the reason.

RIP

The Jays had a moment’s silence before the game for the late Mike Flanagan. Flanagan pitched for the Jays from 1987-90 and was a member of the Jays' 1989 post-season team which lost in the American League Championship Series to the Oakland A’s.


Videos

Photos