Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced today that shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will not be ready for Opening Day due to bone spurs in his right heel.
This is not new for Tulowitzki, who appeared in just 66 games last season. He’s only played in as many as 130 games once since 2011 and has played in 140 games or more only three times in his 12-year big league career.
Tulowitzki, 33, hit .249/.300/.378 with seven homers last year. He is owed $54 million over the next three seasons and will get a $4 million buyout on top of that if the Jays do not pick up his $15 million 2021 option.
In his place at short to start the season will either be Aledmys Diaz, who Toronto acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in December, or Yangervis Solarte, acquired from the Padres in January.
Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Associated of America. He received 19 of 30 first-place votes.
Bellinger, 24, was the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and is now the MVP. In 2019, he hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, 121 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. He helped the Dodgers win a franchise record 106 games, though they were stopped short in the NLDS by the eventual world champion Nationals.
Bellinger is the first Dodger to win the award since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He also joins Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Sandy Koufax, and Maury Wills to win the award since the team moved to Los Angeles. Bellinger is overall the 13th Dodger to be named the MVP. He is the 18th NL player to win both a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP award.
Christian Yelich finished in second place and Anthony Rendon finished in third place. They were followed by Ketel Marte, Ronald Acuña Jr., Nolan Arenado, and Pete Alonso. Also receiving votes were Freddie Freeman, Juan Soto, Jacob deGrom, Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story, Jack Flaherty, J.T. Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, Max Muncy, Stephen Strasburg, Eugenio Suárez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Kevin Pillar, and Max Scherzer.