The Toronto Blue Jays open up their regular season at home against the New York Yankees on March 29th. According to John Gibbons, the clubs manager, he does not expect their starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to be in the lineup.

Tulowitzki is no stranger to the disabled list. In fact, over the last six years, the 33-year-old has only played, at most, 131 games in any given season. Last year he was only in the lineup for 66 games where he batted .239 with 7 home runes and 26 RBI’s. The 6-foot 3-inch, California State University, Long Beach alumni has not seen action since July 28th of the 2017 season after suffering an ankle injury.

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The 5-time All-Star and 2-time Gold Glove winner adds great depth to the lineup when he is healthy, maintaining a career .290 batting average, 224 home runs and 779 RBI’s over an 11 year career. However, he has only appeared in 1,286 games out of a possible 1,782.

Tulowitzki has yet to make an appearance in any spring training games, leading the Jays to believe either Yangervis Solarte, or Aledmys Diaz will fill in while the veteran overcomes the bone spur in his right heel. Hopefully, for the Blue Jay’s front office, Tulo has a quick recovery as he is signed through the 2020 season for a total of $58 million, including a $4 million buyout for the 2021 season.

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Written by Andrew Ashworth

I am a Baseball Sports Analyst and Writer for "The Game Changer"

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