March 15, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is being sidelined - by a sneeze.

Pillar is expected to miss a week to 10 days with an oblique strain sustained while sneezing on Saturday morning.

Pillar, who is in contention for a starting spot, said he sneezed and felt a sharp pain in his right side, but opted not to tell team trainers about it until after he was pulled in the fifth inning of Toronto's win over a Yankees split squad. Following treatment, Pillar was advised to rest.

He did not play Sunday.

''I don't think this is a big deal,'' Pillar said. ''It's something I played with (Saturday) and something I was prepared with to play today. But they're being very respectful about it and willing to give me a little bit of time.''

Pillar is batting .269 with one home run and five RBIs in 26 plate appearances this spring.

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