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.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.