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Blue Jays place Troy Tulowitzki on 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain

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Things have gone from bad to worse for Blue Jays’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain on Saturday. An MRI revealed ligament damage in his ankle, but the the extent of the injury is still unknown. Per a report from Sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, Tulowitzki is scheduled to consult with a foot/ankle specialist before the team sets a timetable for his return.

The 32-year-old infielder entered Friday’s game with a .250/.301/.379 batting line, seven home runs and a .680 OPS through 259 PA. He went 0-for-1 during the Blue Jays’ series opener on Friday night and sustained the ankle injury after colliding with Angels’ first baseman C.J. Cron on a groundout in the third inning. It’s the second injury he suffered in a week’s time after rehabbing a sore groin last Saturday and Sunday, though this one could potentially sideline him through the remainder of the regular season.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays activated Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Buffalo. Refsnyder, who was acquired by the club for Yankees’ first baseman Ryan McBroom earlier this month, was inserted as a pinch-runner during Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Angels and made his first start for the club on Sunday, manning second base and batting ninth.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.