Troy Tulowitzki to play in rehab game

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When Troy Tulowitzki went out with a broken rib it was estimated that he’d miss 4-6 weeks. It’s been a tad less than four weeks and it looks like Tulo is on the comeback trail:

 

Not a moment too soon for Colorado, who has a series against the Dodgers this weekend. L.A. is one game ahead of the Rockies, who trail the division-leading Dbacks by 5.5 games.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.