The news for the Toronto Blue Jays on Troy Tulowitzki is as good as can be under the circumstances – there’s a chance the star shortstop could return to play this year. This thing, at the moment, is something they can not have. With those absences, the AL East-leading Blue Jays (82-61) couldn’t complete a four-game sweep of the second-place Yankees, losing 5-0.
“The level that would be, no one really knows, and it could be more than (minimal) if he doesn’t heal fast”, Anthopoulos said. For game one against the Braves the Blue Jays start Mark Buehrle who has allowed 184 hits and 72 earned runs while striking out 80 over 174.1 innings for a 14-7 record and a 3.72 ERA.
Tulowitzki backpedaled into short centre to catch Didi Gregorius’ popup with two outs.
Instead, Tulowitzki toppled to the ground only after he felt a sharp pain, the result of Pillar’s chin digging into his shoulder blade.
Tulowitzki at first held the ball and transferred it to his right hand as he collided with Pillar, then seemed to be stunned and fell to the field as the ball rolled out of his hand. Tulowitzki initially thought he’d been elbowed. “I don’t come out of the game unless something was wrong”. He has never even come close to being an average hitter — his career-high wRC+ is just 79. “I still expect us to be a very good defensive team”. Tulowitzki will remain with the team as he rehabs. Everyone is to be a part of this sprint to the playoffs. Being around them everyday, when you lose one person it can affect the team. “Get as much treatment as I possibly can and, you know, try to look on the bright side and hopefully I can make a comeback”.
Despite having yet to find his groove at the plate since coming over from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for veteran Jose Reyes and pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman in a blockbuster deal, Tulowitski has still managed to be a difference maker since arriving in Toronto. Replacing Tulowitzki with Cliff Pennington, who’ll get the majority of reps at second base as Goins moves to shortstop, isn’t idea. “Since Cespedes played his first game with the Metropolitans on August”.
Not surprisingly, the Blue Jays’ offense looked nowhere near as imposing against New York in the series finale with both Encarnacion and Tulowitzki out of the starting lineup.
Barney spent most of 2015 playing in Triple-A Oklahoma City, and saw action in just two games for the Dodgers this season.
“He’s a great glove, he’s a right-handed bat, good teammate as well, he’s going to fit into our clubhouse, but our big thing is we want to stay as strong defensively up the middle as we can”, said Anthopoulos. “Barney, from everything we have (from our scouts), from a defensive standpoint is every bit as good as Goins”. The second baseman’s hit tool and some power translated to the major league level this season, as Travis slashed.304/.361/.498 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 238 at-bats. During the nightcap, Toronto said he sustained a small crack to his scapula and upper back muscle bruising.
Source: Bulletin Leader