Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced today that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will not be ready for Opening Day due to bone spurs in his right heel.
This is not new for Tulowitzki, who appeared in just 66 games last season. He’s only played in as many as 130 games once since 2011 and has played in 140 games or more only three times in his 12-year big league career.
Tulowitzki, 33, hit .249/.300/.378 with seven homers last year. He is owed $54 million over the next three seasons and will get a $4 million buyout on top of that if the Jays do not pick up his $15 million 2021 option.
In his place at short to start the season will either be Aledmys Diaz, who Toronto acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in December, or Yangervis Solarte, acquired from the Padres in January.
A lot of teams do funny promo videos during spring training. The Seattle Mariners have led the league in this category for years now, with their marketing and p.r. folks producing and a lot of game and sometimes hammy players starring in some excellent clips. They’re doing them again this year, if you’re curious.
The Milwaukee Brewers have hopped on the humor train in 2018, and their latest entry in this category of commercials is excellent. It’s their riff on “The Sandlot.”
The biggest difference: Smalls really could kill you in this one. Brett Phillips is a lot more jacked than the kid who played Scotty in the original was.
The Beast, however, is just as terrifying now as he was in 1993.