Blue Jays’ stars are dropping like flies, injury updates

Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) looks on from the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 11, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a double to score a run against Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) hits a double to score a run against Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

Shortstop- Troy Tulowitzki 

Troy Tulowitzki landed on the DL on April 22nd with hamstring issues, and has remained out of the lineup since. It was initially thought that he would be back after the 10 day minimum, but his legs haven’t responded quite as quickly as the Blue Jays had hoped.

In his absence the Blue Jays have been receiving some very solid play on both sides of the ball from Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney. Goins in particular has spent the majority of time at shortstop and has dazzled on defence, while chipping in far more than expected at the plate as well.

That said, when Tulowitzki is healthy and rolling there aren’t many shortstops who can bring as much value to the diamond. At 32 he remains of the better defensive shortstops, and is still legitimate threat at the plate, even if he hasn’t quite produced at the level that he did as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

The good news is, Tulo has been on the field taking ground balls the last couple days in a row, and impressed while taking batting practice on Tuesday as well. Hopefully he can return to the lineup this week and perhaps he could slot in at designated hitter initially to ease his way back from injury.

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