Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is dealing with swelling around a chip fracture on the knuckle of his right thumb after being hit by a Chris Tillman pitch on Sunday.
Tulowitzki will reportedly be reevaluated on Monday once the swelling has come down.
“A little sore, it obviously got me pretty good,” he told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet after the 12-inning loss,” it’s blown up. That’s all I can really say right now.”
Following the hit-by-pitch, Tulowitzki returned to the field but left the game prior to his next plate appearance as he was not able to properly grip the bat.
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A chip fracture occurs when a fragment of bone, typically very small (hence ‘chip’), dislodges from the bone itself. Like Tulowitzki’s injury, this typically occurs as a result of a hard and direct impact. Unlike a full fracture, which impacts the entire bone and can worsen if played with, chip fractures are most often an issue of pain tolerance and how effectively the player can still perform.
The Blue Jays head to Houston tomorrow to open a four-game set against the Astros, who remain heavily involved in the American League Wild Card race. Should Tulowitzki be unable to play for one or more games, expect to see Darwin Barney starting at shortstop with Devon Travis remaining at second base.
Ryan Goins is also healthy and playing with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons, where he’s batting 10-for-20 in his last six games with a pair of walks and two RBI.