Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki Collides with Teammate, Exits with Injury

Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki Collides with Teammate, Exits with Injury

NEW YORK — Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki exited Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Yankees on Saturday with an undisclosed injury after colliding with Kevin Pillar in shallow center field while making a catch to end the second inning with Toronto trailing, 2-0.

Tulowitzki underwent X-rays on his back and ribs, which came back negative. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI later in the day on his upper back, and the results aren’t expected to be released until Sunday.

The incident happened when Didi Gregorius hit a popup. Tulowitzki ran back and appeared to camp under the ball, but Pillar also was calling for it and the lack of communication between the two players led to the collision.

Tulowitzki made the catch and appeared to pause for a second or two before tossing the ball away with his bare hand and then falling to the ground. The Blue Jays’ training staff immediately ran onto the field alongside Toronto manager John Gibbons.

The 30-year-old Tulowitzki remained on the ground for a couple of minutes before slowly walking off the field under his own power. He was then replaced in the lineup by infielder Cliff Pennington, who went to second base while Ryan Goins moved over to shortstop.

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