Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Season Preview: Looking at the Infield

TORONTO, ON - MAY 26: Devon Travis
TORONTO, ON - MAY 26: Devon Travis /
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Troy Tulowitzki, Shortstop

Throughout his tenure in Southern Ontario, Tulowitzki has dealt with injury trouble. His 2017 season was ended prematurely when he injured his ankle in July. That landed Tulowitzki on the 60-day disabled list.

Coming into this season, everyone was hoping that Tulowitzki would get a good run in Spring Training and be ready for the season.

Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, the 33-year-old shortstop sat out the entire spring with a chronic bone spur in his right heel, the same foot that forced him out last season.

This won’t be a quick fix either, as Tulowitzki has been placed on the 60-day DL to open the season.

When healthy, Tulo is still one of the best defensive players in the league. He is smooth with the ball in his glove and never panics on throws anywhere around the diamond.

It’s hard to go off the projections as Tulowitzki has missed a total of 161 games over the past three seasons.

Toronto Blue Jays fans will be hoping that the bat comes around this year when he does come back. The play in the field has never been an issue but his production at the plate has been concerning.

If he can be on the field for more than 66 games this season, you can consider this season a success for the veteran. The question becomes when he will be back in game shape to feature with Toronto this season.