It's been known for some time that Troy Tulowitzki is prone to injuries. However, the 2017 season was even more injury-filled than normal as he played in just 66 games, his second-lowest total since his rookie year. After spending a month on the DL with a strained hamstring, he battled a sore groin before ending the season on the disabled list with an ankle injury, which included ligament damage. It's expected that Tulowitzki will be at full health once spring training rolls around, and the Blue Jays have said that he will still serve as their starting shortstop in 2018, but a return to his former glory seems highly unlikely at this point. His slugging percentage plummeted from .443 to .378 as both his hard-hit and flyball rates fell in his age-32 season, and his walk rate dipped as well (to a career-low 6.5 percent).
Tulowitzki (heel) has been officially ruled out for Opening Day, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Tulowitzki has been dealing with a chronic bone spur since the start of camp. The Blue Jays believe he could return before April is over, but given his age and injury history, a more pessimistic outlook may be necessary. Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte are likely to battle for playing time at shortstop while Tulowitzki remains out.
Manager John Gibbons acknowledged Sunday that Tulowitzki (heel) is moving in the "right direction," but he does not expect the shortstop to be ready for Opening Day, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Tulowitzki has been able to participate in hitting and fielding drills, but the team appears to be taking a conservative approach with regards to getting the infielder back into game action. Though he has nearly a month before the regular season commences, Tulowitzki doesn't yet have a clear return date in sight. At this point, it seems likely either Aledmys Diaz or Yangervis Solarte will man shortstop for the Blue Jays on Opening Day.
Tulowitzki (heel) continues to take grounders but is without a date for his return to game action, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Manager John Gibbons said Tulowitzki is "moving pretty good," but the team wants to be cautious in hopes of avoiding a setback. There were already plenty of reasons to be bearish on the veteran shortstop, but the fact that he's already banged up only adds another element of risk. He still has plenty of time to get right in time to be the Jays' Opening Day shortstop. Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte are around to offer quality infield depth that Toronto did not have last year. The team may be tempted to give Tulowitzki a day or two off each week this season in an effort to avoid long injury-related absences.
Tulowitzki (heel) fielded grounders and took batting practice with no issues Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. This is encouraging news for Tulowitzki, who was earlier shut down last week with a bone spur in his heel. While the issue isn't expected to require surgery, the Blue Jays will still proceed cautiously with their veteran shortstop, likely keeping him sidelined for the start of Grapefruit League action. The hope is that he'll be ready to go by Opening Day, but if not, Toronto will look to either Aledmys Diaz or Yangervis Solarte, both of whom were acquired in offseason trades, to fill in at shortstop.
Tulowitzki (ankle) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Tulowitzki has been on the shelf since late July while dealing with ligament damage to his right ankle, but he should be fully recovered by the time spring training rolls around. During 66 games with Toronto this season, he slashed .249/.300/.378 with seven home runs and 26 RBI.
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