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Troy Tulowitzki: “It’s tough for me now to trust anybody”

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The late July trade that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies to the Blue Jays took him by surprise. He signed a 10-year, $157.75 million pact with the team that took him seventh overall in the first round of the 2005 draft. He expected to be a Rockie his entire career.

Instead, Tulowitzki suddenly found himself not just with a new team, but in a new country, thrust in the middle of a playoff race. With the Jays, Tulowitzki played in the post-season for the first time since 2009. The process has left him jaded, though, as John Lott of the National Post reports:

“You know what, and this is just being completely honest, it’s tough for me now to trust anybody in this game after what happened,” he said softly. “I’m sure these guys (in the Toronto front office) are great here. But at the same time, with what happened, it’s really tough.”

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“I’m excited to go to spring training and get a fresh start with the team and be with these guys for a whole year and not have to worry about trade talks. The last three or four years I had to worry about it and talk about it every single day in Colorado. So, I’m looking forward to having a year where I don’t have to talk about it. It’s going to be great.”

Tulowitzki is under contract through 2020, his age 35 season, earning $20 million in each season through 2019 and $14 million in 2020 with a $15 million club option for 2021.

Tulowitzki posted an .818 OPS with the Rockies prior to the trade, but mustered only a .697 OPS during the regular season with the Jays. He had a handful of big hits in the post-season, racking up four RBI in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rangers, and three RBI in Games 3 and 5 of the ALCS against the Royals.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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