Troy Tulowitzki Will Miss Blue Jays Opening Day

Troy Tulowitzki won’t be part of Blue Jays Opening Day, as confirmed by John Gibbons. Tulowitzki suffered a ligament damage in the right ankle, and hasn’t played since July 28, 2017. The bone spur in his right heel stopped him from playing. The star is struggling with his inability to run at full speed, meaning he won’t catch up with the regular season.

“I think you can write Tulo off [for Opening Day] right now. He’s not ready to play in game action. It wouldn’t be fair to him, either, because he’s going to need to build up and get some at-bats, really test that thing out. Make sure when he comes back, he’s really ready to go. I think you can eliminate that [possibility of him being ready for the opener],” Gibbons said.

Tulowitzki was limited to 66 games last year, and he finished the season with a .678 OPS.

“When Tulo’s ready to go, that’s his job. I’ve been watching him work out, swing the bat. It’s all been BP, of course, but I think he looks great right now. Now it’s just a matter of getting him running. That’s the only thing hampering him now. We’ll see how that develops,” Gibbons added.

Anthony Alford has a right hamstring injury, and the medical personnel evaluated his condition on Tuesday. According to Ross Atkins, Alford will come back sooner than expected.