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Melky Cabrera out for season with broken finger

The Blue Jays left fielder will be ending his season early after breaking his finger sliding back into first on a pick off attempt.

Jim Rogash

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will be out for the rest of the season after injuring his pinkie in the third inning of a game against Boston Red Sox. Cabrera jammed his finger sliding into first during a successful pick off attempt by Christian Vazquez.

The team announced on Twitter that the injury was "a right pinky finger fracture with an avulsion of extensor tendon," and announced that Cabrera would be undergoing "season ending surgery next week" to fix the broken bone.

Cabrera did not immediately exit the game, playing three more innings before leaving during his at-bat in the sixth. He had been hitting .301 with 16 home runs before the injury, and was replaced by Anthony Gose in the game. It remains unclear whether that will continue through the end of the season.

The team lost in 10 innings, 9-8, putting them five games back of the Tigers for the final Wild Card. The loss of Cabrera may finally spell the end of their playoff hopes.