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Did Troy Tulowitzki Have A Bone Spur In His Heel Removed Or Not!?

There’s baseball things happening today! Players are rolling into Florida in the best shape of their life and they’re ready to hit baseballs better than ever before because hope springs eternal and we’re all pretty much on board with whatever random bullshit news we hear because thank fuck winter is almost over.

Like honestly if someone wants to report that Luke Maile spent all winter lifting free weights in an abandoned Costco and he’s ready to smash like 40 dingers I am absolutely on board with it because I want to be sitting outside enjoying a beverage and watching a baseball game so badly I can’t even think straight.

One of the first player updates we got today was about Toronto’s shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki. Ben Nicholson-Smith reported that Tulo had a bone spur in his heel removed and that everything is all good. Okay, nice. Keep the good news coming!

Woah woah woah slow down there buddy. Gregor Chisholm rolled in a few minutes later with a report that said something completely different. Apparently Tulo hasn’t had this bone spur removed. Instead, it’s a thing he’s dealing with and John Gibbons doesn’t think it’ll be an issue.

The full Gibby quote from Gregor reads…

“The ankle feels fine. He had a little bone spur in his heel that was aggravating him but he should be good to go when he gets here … I think he has had it a bit before but it flared up on him. No big deal. He should be fine.”

Okay, so it seems based on had that this bone spur is no longer in Tulo’s heel. Okay, regardless, let’s hope this isn’t a thing because I want to believe this is the year the Jays are going to get 2009 Troy Tulowitzki.

      • Nice Guy Eddie

        The Rockies were willing all along to eat Reyes’ salary. The dumped $100 million of sunk cost in Tulo to take on $40 million of sunk cost in Reyes, sunk cost that Anthopoulos had just traded for a year ago. And the Rockies were able to replace Tulo with an internal option while Anthopoulos drafted nothing to help in the infield. Plus, the Rockies got the #9 pick from the stacked 2014 draft, when Anthopoulos could have taken Trea Turner twice in 2014. And Tulo had nothing to do with winning the division in 2015. He was on the DL from Sept 12 and had a 89 OPS+ with the Jays in 2015. Goins was an improvement. So to recap, Anthopoulos trades for Reyes, realizes a year lager that Reyes can’t play short, fails to draft Trea Turner twice, trades #9 overall pick and more for a guy the Rockies are desperate to dump, who turns in replacement level WAR last year, and Toronto fans think that’s smart asset management because Anthopoulos is Canadian. Doesn’t get any dumber.

        • GrumblePup

          But on the other side of the equation, Tulo has been better and worth so much more than Reyes.
          Also, no. Ryan Goins is not and was not an improvement. Not by any metric. Also, if you’re going to use a stat to try and prove a point, be right about it.
          Tulo: 89 OPS+
          Goins: 83 OPS+

          But I mean, believe whatever you want to believe I guess.

          • Torontoguy

            Actually, Reyes has been better than Tulo. 3.3 WAR to 2.9 WAR last 2 years. Add in an extra 3/$58M for what is now a replacement level SS and still declining and giving up a top-50 prospect to get this contract…it was a horrible trade. Not everything has to be “AA was great” or “he was terrible” but this trade in particular, was a disaster. The Rockies would do that trade over and over again. The Jays would not. They traded for Tulo thinking he would regain his previous form. He didn’t. The trade failed. It happens. And yes, the Jays would have made the playoffs without Tulo in 2015. Price was invaluable but Tulo struggled even before he got hurt. He had a 92 WRC+ in 183 PAs. They finished in first by six games.

          • GrumblePup

            Toronto Guy:
            Where are you getting that Reyes had better WAR. I’m looking at baseball reference right now.
            Reyes: 2016 WAR 0.4, 2017 WAR -0.6
            Tulo: 2016 WAR 3.3, 2017 WAR 0.1

            Pretty sure Tulo has been better over the last 2 years.

            Yes, you’re right, Tulo didn’t regain his form. So what? The team is better than they would have been if they had kept Reyes. Tulo absolutely helped them make the playoffs. LaTroy Hawkins absolutely helped them make the playoffs.

            Jeff Hoffman, hasn’t been great. Miguel Castro wasn’t good for Colorado, and is now with Baltimore.

            The trade was not a disaster. It didn’t work out as well as it could have. That’s a very different thing.

            But sure, believe whatever you want to believe I guess.

          • Torontoguy

            I am looking at Fangraphs WAR and Reyes was better. At best, that makes it a split decision. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because if you say this

            “The team is better than they would have been if they had kept Reyes.”

            You are absolutely 100% wrong. The Jays couldn’t give away Tulo for a bag of baseballs right now. He has one of the worst contracts in baseball. They would have to eat almost all of his contract to give him away. If they had Reyes, he’d be a free agent and they would have $20M more to spend. They could have signed Cozart to say 3/$45 (to make sure they beat the Angels) and still come out with $5M to spare. And they’d have Hoffman as their #5 starter for pre-arbitration money and not need to sign Garcia. That means the Jays would have had a better team and an extra $15M. And people are way too focused on how prospects turn out. Hoffman was a top-50 prospect and was an asset when they traded him. To get a negative value player back for that asset was terrible. If the Jays traded Vlad for Bartolo Colon and Vlad never makes it, was it a good trade?

        • Steve-O

          LOL when in doubt, double down.

          “The[y] dumped $100 million of sunk cost in Tulo to take on $40 million of sunk cost in Reyes, sunk cost that Anthopoulos had just traded for a year ago.” Why, it’s almost like AA realized his mistake and tried to rectify it. How dare he!

          “…Tulo had nothing to do with winning the division in 2015. He was on the DL from Sept 12…” What happened between when he was acquired (July 28th) and September 12th? I wonder… I wonder… Oh yes they went from 50-51 to 81-60. But guys, Tulo had nothing to do with it. Pfffft.

          “…and had a 89 OPS+ with the Jays in 2015. Goins was an improvement.” Goins had a OPS+ of 83 in 2015. YOUR STATEMENT IS LITERALLY NOT TRUE.

          AA “…fails to draft Trea Turner twice…” With players like Mike Trout getting drafted 25th overall, it’s almost like the MLB draft is a bit of a crap shoot. But let’s really focus in on one specific player the Jays didn’t draft (twice!), for some fucking reason.

          “Doesn’t get any dumber.” Indeed. Indeeeeeeeeed.

    • Barry

      Of course they’re laughing. What do you think they find funnier, the shellacking Jeff Hoffman took last year, or the wife beating scumbag they had to run out of town? What a steal!

      • Nice Guy Eddie

        Well if Hoffman was a poor pick at #9 that’s on Anthopoulos who had two opportunities to take Trea Turner in the 2015 draft and took Hoffman and Pentecost instead. If Anthopoulos wasn’t Canadian he’d be ridiculed here for his abysmal overall asset acquisition/management. Nothing says ‘hick town’ more than the Alex crowd defending Alex’s every bad move.

        • Barry

          Nice deflection, but my response was to your flawed “the Rockies are laughing” position, not to any pro or con AA stance.

          But keep on rockin’ your “Internet Bad Boy” image. People are totally impressed with how cool you obviously are, and no one thinks you’re a lonely person who spends hours a day trying to make inflammatory comments online to get attention.

          • Nice Guy Eddie

            Impressive riff of personal insults Barry. I recommend you keep that up, because your talents there far outstrip your ability to develop an argument. Plus, you’re a hero to your 13 year old target group. Don’t let them down.

        • Steve-O

          Let’s not mention the end of the playoff drought and back-to-back ALCS appearances at all. Let’s fill our diapers over asset management instead.

          I mean, we COULD accept that AA did some great things, and also made some mistakes, but that in the overall he turned the team we all cheer for into a legit contender during his tenure …but where’s the fun in that? LET’S BITCH! LET”S MOAN! LET’S MAKE OBVIOUSLY STUPID AND FACTUALLY INCORRECT STATEMENTS THAT ARE EASILY RIDICULED BLOO BLOO BLOO

  • Barry

    What is a bone spur? he asked himself. Un espuela de hueso. We do not have them. Can it be as painful as the spur of a fighting cock in one’s heel? I do not think I could endure that or the loss of the eye and of both eyes and continue to fight as the fighting cocks do. Man is not much beside the great birds and beasts. Still I would rather be that beast down there in the darkness of the sea.

    Do you believe the great Tulowitzki would stay with a fish as long as I will stay with this one? he thought. I am sure he would and more since he is young and strong. Also his father was a fisherman. But would the bone spur hurt him too much?

      • Barry

        When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like crack cocaine? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that crack cocaine does? The only time it isn’t good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and crack cocaine is the only mechanical relief.

      • Barry

        In Cheech and Chong there were things unbelievable and not to be believed, but some so true they changed you as you watched them; frailty and madness, wickedness and saintliness, and the insanity of gambling were there to know as you knew the landscape and the roads in Turgenev.

  • Jayme

    “Like honestly if someone wants to report that Luke Maile spent all winter lifting free weights in an abandoned Costco and he’s ready to smash like 40 dingers I am absolutely on board with it because I want to be sitting outside enjoying a beverage and watching a baseball game so badly I can’t even think straight.”

    lol. As soon as I read that Griffin article, I felt equal parts happy that baseball is almost back but sad that beat writers are getting paid to drink in Dunedin bars and mail in facile articles.