MINNEAPOLIS – An MRI has revealed Maicer Izturis suffered a complete tear of the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee.
Izturis will seek a second opinion before opting for surgery, which will require a rehabilitation period of four to six months.
The imaging, conducted in Minneapolis, confirmed Izturis' worst fear.
"It's in the knee, I felt it pop twice," Izturis said after the Blue Jays 11-3 win in Baltimore on Sunday. "Now I feel pain. It's sore right now. I'm worried about it."
What makes the injury more difficult for Izturis to accept is its freak nature. At Oriole Park, there are stairs to take players from the dugout underneath to the bat rack. Izturis slipped descending those steps in the first inning and was replaced in the lineup by Jonathan Diaz.
After the game, Izturis immediately was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Infielder Munenori Kawasaki's contract was purchased from Triple-A Buffalo. Kawasaki will be with the Blue Jays in time for Tuesday night's series opener against the Twins.
Kawasaki, along with Diaz and Ryan Goins, constitute Toronto's middle infield pending the return of star shortstop Jose Reyes, who's on a rehabilitation assignment in Florida as he nears a return from a strained left hamstring.
The Jays hope Reyes will be available on Friday, when the club begins a three-game weekend series in Cleveland.