TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad injury.
An MRI before Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox revealed a low-grade strain, and Tulowitzki will receive treatment on the leg before resuming baseball activities.
“I think I needed more time to get over the hump,” he said. “There was a couple things that made me realize that I wasn’t myself out there. I just felt it too many times.”
Tulowitzki was injured stealing second in New York against the Yankees on Tuesday. He came out of that game, and after sitting out the remainder of the series, he returned for Friday night’s home game against the Red Sox but was ineffective, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and showing limitations in his movement in the field.
“It’s tough,” Tulowitzki said. “You could rest it and maybe get better in a week or so, but then you have to play with a man down, and that’s not the right thing to do either, so that was the decision.”
He is batting .204 this season, with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney are expected to split time at shortstop until Tulowitzki returns.
The Blue Jays called up left-handed reliever Aaron Loup to take Tulowitzki’s spot on the roster. Loup, who has yet to play this season, has been recovering from a forearm strain in his pitching arm and just completed a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.
Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki underwent an MRI after getting hurt in a collision during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Yankees, the first game of a double-header. X-rays had come back negative but an MRI revealed a crack in his shoulder blade, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm adds that Tulowitzki also has bruising in his upper back muscles.
The Blue Jays will monitor Tulowitzki over the next week to determine the timeline for his injury recovery.
The Jays acquired Tulowitzki along with reliever LaTroy Hawkins on July 28 from the Rockies in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes, reliever Miguel Castro, and two minor leaguers. Since joining the Jays, Tulowitzki is hitting .232/.314/.368 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki thought fast to avoid being tagged in last night’s game against the Orioles. After reaching on an errant throw by Jonathan Schoop, Tulowitzki made a wide turn at first base before realizing that he wouldn’t be able to make it to second. Matt Wieters alertly picked up the ball and tried to make the tag, but Tulowitzki just hopped right over him and landed right on first base. Check it out:
Pretty clever. The best part is Tulowitzki calmly stood there afterwards like it was no big thing. Just your run-of-the-mill baseball stuff.