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Troy Tulowitzki will not be ready for Opening Day

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki will not be ready for Opening Day due to a bone spur in his heel.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that you can write Tulo off for Opening Day due to the injury.

“I think you can write Tulo off [for Opening Day] right now,” Gibbons said, via MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. “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].”

Tulowitzki was limited to just 66 games last season due to an ankle injury and was expected to be ready this season, but he’s still not at full strength. The 33-year-old batted just .249 with a .678 OPS in 66 games last season. He’s seen a dropoff in his offensive numbers since being acquired by the Jays in 2015.

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