Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told MLB Network Radio that the organization is committed to Tulowitzki (ankle) as its 2018 starting shortstop. He's sort of forced to say that, considering Tulowitzki's contract runs through 2020, with a team buyout in 2021 that would cost the Blue Jays $4 million. The once elite shortstop again dealt with health issues this year, though his ankle injury isn't initially expected to be an issue for spring training 2018. Either way, there's plenty of skepticism over whether the 32-year-old can be an effective piece in shallow fantasy leagues, especially since middle-infield offense has enjoyed a boom period in the last few years. Of course, he'll probably be cheaper than ever next draft season, which may justify gambling that he can again display the big production potential he owns from past years. That clearance price point also reduces the statistical burden he'll have to yield to pay off.
Blue Jays manager said Wednesday that while Tulowitzki isn't expected to return from the 60-day disabled list this season, the shortstop shouldn't be hampered by his ankle injury heading into spring training, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Tulowitzki was diagnosed with ligament damage to his right ankle shortly after hitting the DL on July 29, and it remains undetermined whether or not he'll need to undergo surgery to address the matter. Even if Tulowitzki decides to treat the injury with the rest-and-rehab method, it doesn't sound like he'll be at risk of any lingering issues during the 2018 campaign. While that news should brighten Tulowitzki's outlook a bit for next season, he's endured a litany of lower-body injuries throughout his career, so he should still be viewed as a significant health risk even if the ankle doesn't present any problems.
Tulowitzki (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Tulowitzki is on the mend from significant ligament damage in his ankle and remains a candidate for surgery, so this move all but confirms he won't take the field again in 2017. It brings an end to what has been a frustrating season for the 32-year-old, with a career-worst .249/.300/.378 slash line over just 66 games, shortened by multiple stints on the DL. Tulowitzki now faces a long offseason of recovery from his latest ailment.
Tulowitzki (ankle) seems to be a long shot to return to action this season, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Chisholm added that manager John Gibbons wouldn't rule the shortstop -- who's currently in a cast -- out for certain, although given recent developments and Tulo's vast injury history, the club may opt to pack it in and get him ready for 2018.
Tulowitzki, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, underwent an MRI, which revealed ligament damage to his right ankle, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Tulowitzki is scheduled to receive further evaluation from a foot/ankle specialist in the coming days, but if the diagnosis is confirmed, the shortstop could require surgery, which would likely spell an end to his season. Those who have owned Tulowitzki in fantasy have long been aware of the high injury risk he carries, and with his production on the downturn since he arrived in Toronto in a midseason trade in 2015, it may not be worthwhile to invest in him outside of deeper and AL-only formats next season. As for the current campaign, the Blue Jays will likely get by with a platoon of Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney at shortstop for the duration of Tulowitzki's absence.
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