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Blue Jays place Troy Tulowitzki on 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain

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Things have gone from bad to worse for Blue Jays’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain on Saturday. An MRI revealed ligament damage in his ankle, but the the extent of the injury is still unknown. Per a report from Sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, Tulowitzki is scheduled to consult with a foot/ankle specialist before the team sets a timetable for his return.

The 32-year-old infielder entered Friday’s game with a .250/.301/.379 batting line, seven home runs and a .680 OPS through 259 PA. He went 0-for-1 during the Blue Jays’ series opener on Friday night and sustained the ankle injury after colliding with Angels’ first baseman C.J. Cron on a groundout in the third inning. It’s the second injury he suffered in a week’s time after rehabbing a sore groin last Saturday and Sunday, though this one could potentially sideline him through the remainder of the regular season.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays activated Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Buffalo. Refsnyder, who was acquired by the club for Yankees’ first baseman Ryan McBroom earlier this month, was inserted as a pinch-runner during Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Angels and made his first start for the club on Sunday, manning second base and batting ninth.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.