The Blue Jays have placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day DL with a quad strain, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star tweets. Taking his place on the active roster will be lefty Aaron Loup, who’s returning from an elbow injury.
Tulowitzki played yesterday against Boston (striking out four times) but missed the previous two games due to quad tightness, during which time the Jays used Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney at shortstop. The injury occurred when he was stealing a base against the Yankees on Tuesday. It’s been a somewhat disappointing season thus far for Tulowitzki, who’s batted just .204/.289/.383 in 190 plate appearances this year. It’s been a slow start to Tulo’s Blue Jays career in general, in fact — he hit .239/.317/.380 down the stretch in 2015 after arriving in a high-profile trade with Colorado.
Loup has been a regular in the Toronto bullpen the last four seasons, with a 3.11 ERA, 7.5 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in a big-league career spent entirely with the Jays. The team had been using a six-man bullpen, and Loup’s addition gives the team its usual complement of seven relievers. The move also gives the team a second lefty to go with Chad Girodo.