Fresh off taking three of four games over the weekend from the Baltimore Orioles, things are beginning to look up for the Toronto Blue Jays, especially from a health standpoint. After suffering a brief setback at the end of last week, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is expected to resume his rehab on Wednesday.
Tulowitzki injured his right quad while stealing second base in a game against the New York Yankees on May 24. Three days later, on May 27, Tulowitzki aggravated the quad while falling down after being hit by a pitch. The Blue Jays placed Tulowitzki on the disabled list on May 28 after an MRI revealed a low-grade strain of the muscle.
While playing in an intra-squad game on June 10, Tulowitzki was forced to exit after experiencing some discomfort in his right leg. Fortunately, no further damage was done to Tulowitzki’s quad, and rest was all that was necessary to subdue the discomfort.
Tulowitzki was off to a slow start for the Blue Jays this season, batting .204 in 190 plate appearances prior to landing on the disabled list. In 167 at-bats, Tulowitzki has struck out 49 times and fourteen of his 34 total hits went for extra bases.
In Tulowitzki’s absence, Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins have filled in at the shortstop position for the Blue Jays. Goins has been swinging a hot bat for the Blue Jays, batting .333 with a home run and a pair of RBIs over his last seven games. On the other hand, Barney has not done so well as of late. In his last 31 at-bats, Barney has collected five hits.
When Tulowitzki was placed on the disabled list, it was expected that he’d return in a timely manner. Tulowitzki has exceeded the required fifteen days, and he is eligible to return whenever he is ready. Prior to the setback, Tulowitzki was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Friday, June 11. It would seem that, since he has not started the assignment yet, he is still at least a week away from returning to major-league action.