Troy Tulowitzki is back in the Blue Jays’ lineup, batting seventh


Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is back in the starting lineup tonight for the first time since September 12, returning after missing the past four weeks with a crack in his left shoulder blade.

As of 24 hours ago the expectation was that Tulowitzki would take live batting practice today and rejoin the lineup Saturday, so he’s actually slightly ahead of schedule and has three full games to get ready for the playoffs.

Acquired from the Rockies in a blockbuster July 28 trade, Tulowitzki hit just .232 with five homers and a .682 OPS in 39 games for the Blue Jays before the injury. Of course, his modest production mattered little, as Toronto went 30-9 with him in the lineup.

The five-time All-Star returns now as the No. 7 hitter in an MLB-best lineup that will give opposing pitchers nightmares in October.