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Troy Tulowitzki won’t return in 2018


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.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.