Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is not expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list before the end of the 2018 season, skipper John Gibbons confirmed Saturday. No further details were revealed concerning Tulowitzki’s current status, particularly with regard to a rehab assignment or an estimated timetable for his return to the team in 2019.
The 33-year-old shortstop underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in both heels back in April. He was originally slated to miss the first half of the season, but had not been cleared to play in a game by the end of July despite making progress with a running program and other baseball activities. It’s now been over a year since his last game in the majors, and he likely won’t see another one until Opening Day in 2019 (or later), assuming all goes well with his recovery over the offseason.
Tulowitzki is two years removed from his last full season in the majors. He appeared in just 66 games for the Blue Jays in 2017, batting .249/.300/.378 with seven home runs, a .678 OPS and 0.0 fWAR through 260 plate appearances before losing the second half of the season to an ankle sprain. He’s still under contract for another two years and $34 million, with a $15 million club option (and $4 million buyout) for the 2021 season.
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.
The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.
Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.
The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.
The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.
Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.
Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.