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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.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.