Troy Tulowitzki says Rockies spring training was “like a country club”

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Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki still harbors resentment over his sudden departure from the Rockies. As Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports, Tulowitzki says he will “never talk to” certain unnamed Rockies executives. He says, as a Rockie, “You get lied to, straight to your face.”

In October, the National Post’s John Lott reported on Tulowitzki’s displeasure with how his trade went down. Tulowitzki said, “It’s tough for me now to trust anybody in this game after what happened.” Per Lott, Tulowitzki was traded last July with no warning, after being told by the Rockies that he wouldn’t be moved.

At Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Florida, Tulowitzki criticized his former team again, saying, “I like this place a lot better than Arizona. That place was like a country club. Guys got comfortable because it was so nice.” The Rockies, of course, host spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tulowitzki’s comment didn’t sit well with Rockies manager Walt Weiss and third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Weiss, via ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick:

“I think that’s the furthest thing from the truth,” Weiss told reporters. “We have a nice place here and we’re proud of it, but our guys are mentally tough and they compete. I have no issue with our guys being soft or country-clubbish. Our guys are the opposite of that.”

And Arenado, via Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post:

“I’ve told you that Tulo is my boy, and he still is my friend,” Arenado said. “But obviously, Tulo has some anger still. I don’t know if it’s the right way to be saying it in the media, but that’s his business and that’s how he’s handling it.

“But I don’t think it’s a country club here. I think it’s just a matter of guys putting their work in. I don’t agree with the ‘country club’ statement.”

As luck would have it, the Blue Jays travel to Colorado for a three-game regular season series between June 27-29. That will be interesting, to say the least.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.