Troy Tulowitzki to begin minor league rehab assignment Wednesday

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Troy Tulowitzki, out since June 18 due to a fractured left wrist, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Tulowitzki has been taking batting practice and fielding groundballs for the past week, but has still has a significant test ahead of him.

“It’s exciting to know that I getting this close. I need to see how it
responds to live pitching,” Tulowitzki said. “It feels good. Everything
has gone well.”

The plan, according to Renck, is for Tulowitzki to play Wednesday and Thursday with the SkySox before joining Double-A Tulsa on Saturday. He’ll spend three days with the Drillers before being re-evaluated by the team next Tuesday. Assuming all goes well, he could be back in the Rockies lineup by as soon as next Wednesday against the Pirates.

Tulowitzki was batting .306/.375/.502 with nine home runs, 34 RBI, seven stolen bases and 47 runs scored before going on the disabled list. The 25-year-old shortstop was elected to the All-Star team for the first time in his career earlier this month.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.