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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

Blue Jays don't expect Tulowitzki to be ready for Opening Day

  Blue Jays don't expect Tulowitzki to be ready for Opening Day It's looking likely that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will miss Opening Day thanks to a nagging bone spur in his right heel. "I don't expect he'll be ready," manager John Gibbons told Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling. "But he's moving in the right direction." The injury has kept him out of action through the Blue Jays' nine Grapefruit League contests. Tulowitzki's"I don't expect he'll be ready," manager John Gibbons told Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling. "But he's moving in the right direction.

According to Morosi, the Blue Jays believe that Tulowitzki could still make his 2018 debut before the end of April . 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

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.

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.

Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki 's right ankle, injured last July, won't be healthy enough for him to be available on opening day, manager John Gibbons confirmed Tuesday (via MLB Network). However, the Jays remain optimistic he could be ready by the end of April .

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.

Report: Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman to make spring debut Saturday

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Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki 's right ankle, injured last July, won't be healthy enough for him 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.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported the Blue Jays could return before the end of April but TSN Baseball Reporter Scott Mitchell reported the possibility of placing Tulowitzki on the 60-day disabled list and keeping him out until June. Placing Tulowitzki on the

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