Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki suffered a crack in his left shoulder blade in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar last Saturday. The early word was that he could return in 2-3 weeks, but we should have a better idea about his timetable soon.
According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Tulowitzki left the team on Thursday to see a specialist about the injury. He’s now five days removed from the injury, so doctors could get a better read on things if the swelling has gone down. Still, it sounds like he’s a ways off from playing baseball again. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Tulowitzki is feeling better, but still has trouble lifting his arm.
With Tulowitzki and Devon Travis both sidelined, the first-place Blue Jays are currently relying on Ryan Goins at shortstop and Cliff Pennington at second base.
Manny Banuelos‘ rookie season is officially over, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the southpaw underwent surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. The 24-year-old was scratched from his scheduled start last Friday due to elbow soreness.
Banuelos previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 when he was a top prospect with the Yankees. The good news is that Dr. James Andrews didn’t find anything wrong with his ulnar collateral ligament this time around. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. According to O’Brien, the Braves are hopeful that he’ll see a spike in velocity after surgery, similar to teammate Arodys Vizcaino.
Banuelos got off to a strong start after his major league debut in early July, but he ended up with a 5.13 ERA and 19/12 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 innings over six starts and one relief appearance. He figures to compete for a rotation spot in 2016.
UPDATE: The move is now official. The Dodgers have activated right-hander Carlos Frias from the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
8:43 p.m. ET: Mat Latos was already bumped to the Dodgers’ bullpen earlier this month and now Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that he has been designated for assignment.
Latos was acquired from the Marlins in a three-team deal before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The 27-year-old tossed six innings of one-run ball in his first start with the Dodgers on August 2, but he failed to complete five innings in any of his next four starts. He was moved to the bullpen from there and has made just one appearance since September 3. Latos ended up posting a 6.66 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings during his brief time with the club.
The Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter during the postseason, so they apparently decided to turn the page and open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Latos is due to become a free agent this offseason.