Toronto Blue Jays All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki exited the field during Wednesday's game against the New York Mets after getting hit by a Bartolo Colon pitch on the right hand.
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Tulowitzki Out with Bone Bruise
Wednesday, March 23
The Blue Jays announced that Tulowitzki is officially listed as day-to-day with a bone bruise after his X-rays came back negative.
Tulowitzki had rib and back ailments toward the end of the 2015 season for the reigning American League East division champions. The former Colorado Rockies standout arrived in Toronto by way of a deadline trade and helped the Jays to the postseason.
Injuries have unfortunately been a prominent part of Tulowitzki's career and have prevented him from realizing his full potential. He admitted last February to being frustrated by the numerous ailments that have plagued him.
No one can replace Tulo's combination of hitting prowess and Gold Glove fielding. This is a huge year for the veteran shortstop, playing away from Coors Field for a full season for the first time in his career and trying to prove he can remain healthy as he moves into his age-31 season.
Going off the club's official depth chart, utility infielder Darwin Barney figures to be the one to step in while Tulowitzki recovers. Barney is a solid glove in the middle infield, but his bat is a steep drop compared to what Tulo can do at his best.