Sports Report: Blue Jays believe Tulowitzki could return before end of April

20:25  13 march  2018
20:25  13 march  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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According to Morosi, the Blue Jays believe that Tulowitzki could still make his 2018 debut before the end of April . The 33-year-old, who has dealt with a multitude of injuries as a big-leaguer, appeared in just 66 games for the Blue Jays last year and produced the worst offensive numbers of his

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a man wearing a football uniform© Icon Sportswire / GettyToronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed to MLB.com's Jon Morosi on Tuesday that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who's been dealing with a bone spur in his right heel all spring, will not be ready for Opening Day on March 29.

But while word of Tulo's Opening Day absence had already been widely anticipated before Tuesday, it's possible that his disabled-list stint could end up being shorter than initially thought. According to Morosi, the Blue Jays believe that Tulowitzki could still make his 2018 debut before the end of April.

The 33-year-old, who has dealt with a multitude of injuries as a big-leaguer, appeared in just 66 games for the Blue Jays last year and produced the worst offensive numbers of his 12-year career. He was hitting just .249/.300/.378 with seven home runs when a severe ankle sprain ended his 2017 season on July 28; that ankle injury apparently helped spur his current heel problem.

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Troy Trevor Tulowitzki (born October 10, 1984), nicknamed "Tulo", is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Colorado Rockies.

Troy Tulowitzki , according to Jon Morosi, could be back before the end of April . The Blue Jays expect Tulo to be back for the stretch drive? Surely we all expect that this is going to continue spiralling down the pit of doom, right?

Tulowitzki hasn't played in a Grapefruit League game this spring, and told John Lott of The Athletic on Tuesday that the bone spur has impacted his mobility to the point that all he can do on the field right now is take batting practice and standing ground-ball drills, with the grounders hit directly to him.

Tulowitzki couldn't put an exact timetable on his possible return.

"I can't play right now. It's painful," he said, according to Lott.

The Blue Jays haven't named their Opening Day shortstop yet, but they have plenty of options to choose from. Aledmys Diaz, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals, and super-utility man Yangervis Solarte are considered the primary candidates to win the starting job. Defensive specialist Gift Ngoepe, who does have minor-league options remaining, could also become a possibility to make the team, perhaps in a backup role.

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Troy Tulowitzki says he's close to returning to the Toronto Blue Jays ' lineup and is confident he'll get into a game before the end of the regular season. Finally, he can tell them what they want to hear. "I feel ready," Tulowitzki said Tuesday after taking batting practice at Camden Yards.

However, the Jays remain optimistic he could be ready by the end of April . While Troy Tulowitzki has been officially ruled out for Opening Day, # BlueJays believe he could return before April is over.

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