Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki not expected to be ready for opening day

Toronto Blue Jays Troy Tulowitzki leans on a batting cage. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons does not expect Troy Tulowitzki to be ready for opening day, although he indicates the shortstop is moving in the right direction in his recovery from injury.

Tulowitzki has been limited during spring training due to a chronic bone spur on his right heel. His 2017 season ended with a right ankle sprain suffered on July 28, and though the ankle’s progressing well, he aggravated a previously existing bone spur while conditioning afterwards.

The Blue Jays added infielders Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz during the off-season as insurance policies for Tulowitzki and oft-injured second baseman Devon Travis.

Toronto opens its season March 29 against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.

With files from Ben Nicholson-Smith

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