Troy Tulowitzki was on the field, but only to meet the media in a pregame session Sunday. The Blue Jays shortstop sustained a cracked shoulder blade when centerfielder Kevin Pillar crashed into him on a popup Saturday and is out for an undetermined time. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said an optimistic projection will have Tulowitzki back in the lineup in two or three weeks.
Tulowitzki said he does not want to put a precise timetable on it because he will get too itchy to come back sooner. "If I'm healthy enough to play, I'll be out there," he said, adding that it was Pillar's chin that dug into his upper back. "If you look back in history, all teams who won a World Series or made it deep into the playoffs, all faced adversity, whether guys missed time or things just didn't play out the way they thought it would. That's part of the game. Hopefully, this will be something that just makes our story that much more special."
Although his numbers are not spectacular since being acquired from the Rockies -- .232 batting average, .348 on-base percentage -- he represents a threat and has been sharp defensively. The team is 30-8 in games he has started and, heading into the Sunday game, 52-52 without him. "He's a presence," Joe Girardi said.
For at least the next couple of weeks, though, he is an absence.