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Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki out of game after collision

Toronto Blue Jays training staff checks on shortstop Troy Tulowitzki after he collided with center fielder Kevin Pillar fielding a fly ball in the second inning at Yankee Stadium.Kathy Willens/AP

Toronto Blue Jays training staff checks on shortstop Troy Tulowitzki after he collided with center fielder Kevin Pillar fielding a fly ball in the second inning at Yankee Stadium.

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzski came out of Saturday’s doubleheader opener after a collision in the field with center fielder Kevin Pillar on the final play of the second inning. It appears likely he will not play in the second game either.

He had X-Rays on his chest and ribs that were negative, but the Jays said he will go for an MRI exam later Saturday, seeming to rule him out for the second game of the doubleheader.

Tulowitzki, one of Toronto’s big trade deadline acquisitions, was drifting back on Didi Gregorius’ pop fly with two out in the second inning. Pillar was coming in on the ball and ran into the back pedaling Tulowitzki. The shortstop made the catch.

It was fairly hard contact, but looked odd. Pillar hit Tulowitzki in the upper back and possibly the neck. But Tulowitzki turned to see Pillar go down to the turf before he fell backwards onto the ground. Tulowitzki dropped the ball but umpire Chris Guccione was clear in his call that it was an out.

Troy Tulowitzki collides with Kevin Pillar fielding a fly ball to end the second inning.Kathy Willens/AP

Troy Tulowitzki collides with Kevin Pillar fielding a fly ball to end the second inning.

Tulowitzki was attended to by Jays medical personnel briefly on the field and was able to walk in to the dugout. The FOX broadcast of the game showed Jays manager John Gibbons scorecard moments later with Cliff Pennington written in to replace Tulowitzki. Pennington was installed at second base and Ryan Goins moved to shortstop.

The Yankees had already taken a 2-0 lead on a first-inning homer by Brett Gardner and a second-inning homer by Chase Headley when the injury occurred.

Since the Jays acquired Tulowitzki, they are 29-9. He is batting .234 with five home runs, 17 RBI and 30 runs scored.

Baseball – NY Daily News

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