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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.