Blue Jays place OF Pillar on DL with sprained left thumb

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and will start in left field Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Former Tampa Bay outfielder Mevin Upton Jr. is replacing Pillar in center field on Monday.

Pillar sat out Sunday's loss at Kansas City after damaging a ligament in his thumb when he slid into second base Saturday night.

Before Sunday, Pillar had played in 109 of Toronto's 111 games. Known for his highlight-reel catches, Pillar is batting .261 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs.

Ceciliani played 39 games for the New York Mets last season and appeared in two with Toronto in June. He batted .268 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs in 71 games at Triple-A.

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