UPDATE: Jon Morosi just said on the FOX broadcast that X-rays on Tulowitzki came back negative. However, he’s now scheduled to undergo an MRI on his upper back. There should be more clarity on his status after that.
2:30 p.m. ET: According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Tulowitzki is undergoing X-rays on his rib and back.
1:57 p.m. ET: Scary moment in this afternoon’s Blue Jays/Yankees game, as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was forced to exit after colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar in shallow center field.
Tulowitzki and Pillar were both going after a fly ball off the bat of Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius. It was a bizarre scene, as Tulowitzki made the catch before Pillar barreled into his back. It took Tulowitzki a second to react to what happened, but he eventually fell on to his back and remained on the ground before slowly walking off the field.
Cliff Pennington has entered the game to play second base while Ryan Goins has moved over to play shortstop. We’ll pass along an update on Tulowitzki’s status when it’s made available.
The Yankees made a pair of call-ups in advance of their doubleheader against the Blue Jays this afternoon, recalling outfielder Slade Heathcott and catcher Gary Sanchez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
We have seen Heathcott in the majors before, but the 22-year-old Sanchez is someone Yankees fans have been waiting on for a long time. He received a $2.5 million bonus from the team as a 16-year-old in 2009 and was regarded as a top-50 prospect as recently as 2014. His stock faded a bit last year after he posted a .743 OPS with Double-A Trenton while showing little progress behind the plate, but he has bounced back this season by batting .274/.330/.485 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI over 93 games between Double- and Triple-A. While he’s still mostly known for his bat, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger that he has improved on his receiving and game-calling.
The Yankees already have Brian McCann and John Ryan Murphy, so we likely won’t see much of Sanchez down the stretch. He’ll mostly be used as a right-handed bat off the bench.
Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber got it done with the bat and the glove last night as the Cubs completed a doubleheader sweep of the Phillies. In addition to going 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, a walk, and three runs scored, he made a leaping catch at the wall in left field. Check out the highlight reel…
Yes, wiping out while rounding first base on his second home run was just a bonus here. Fortunately, he was OK and his teammates were free to have some fun about it. Here’s Schwarber’s explanation to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com:
“A lot of snipers,” Schwarber said. “I tried to do the safe sign and I had to get up and run.”
Schwarber is batting .267/.362/.570 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI over his first 51 games in the majors. Per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs have a franchise record 60 home runs from rookies this season. The previous record was 58 in 1966. That team finished at 59-103.