Blue Jays manager Farrell to skip Baltimore series



TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays manager John Farrell continues to be weakened by pneumonia and will not accompany his team for a three-game series in Baltimore that begins Tuesday.

Farrell left in the bottom of the ninth inning of Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals suffering from pain on his left side, below the rib cage. The first-year manager was taken to hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia.

Bench coach Don Wakamatsu will continue to manage the team in Farrell’s absence, while coaching assistant Luis Rivera fills Wakamatsu’s spot.

Farrell was checked by Blue Jays doctors at the stadium on Saturday and returned today. Wakamatsu said Farrell still felt “shaky,” so general manager Alex Anthopoulos told him to stay home through the Baltimore series.

The Blue Jays’ road trip continues with a three-game weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Toronto returns home to begin a four-game set against Boston on Sept. 5.