Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had his biggest test yet this afternoon as he rehabs from a small crack in his left shoulder blade, as John Lott of the National Post reports that he took about 40 swings in the indoor cage and felt good.
Tulowitzki hasn’t played since his collision with teammate Kevin Pillar on September 12, but he hopes to return at some point during this week’s series against the Orioles. As for the playoffs, he said he’ll “definitely” be ready.
Tulowitzki, who was acquired from the Rockies on July 28, was batting .232/.314/.368 with five home runs and 17 RBI over 39 games with Toronto prior to the injury. Ryan Goins has been filling in at shortstop.
Adam Wainwright‘s rapid return from a torn left Achilles tendon marches on.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wainwright threw another simulated game and tested himself with fielding work this afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The next step? Game action, at least if he responds well from today’s activity. The veteran right-hander could make his return as soon as Wednesday, which adds another interesting storyline to this week’s big three-game series against the Pirates.
Wainwright was originally expected to miss the remainder of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon on April 25, but he could be a big weapon out of the bullpen during the postseason.
Mat Latos was given his official release by the Dodgers over the weekend and it didn’t take him long to find a new home, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that he has signed a contract with the Angels.
It’s a bit odd to see such a move with only a few days remaining in the season, but the Angels could use some depth with the uncertainty surrounding Jered Weaver and Matt Shoemaker. Because Latos wasn’t with the organization by August 31, he wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason if the Angels make it that far.
Latos, 27, has posted a 4.95 ERA and 97/31 K/BB ratio over 112 2/3 innings this season between the Marlins and Dodgers. He’s due to become a free agent this winter.