Tulowitzki hurts hand

The Associated Press
Mark Didtler

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left in the fourth inning of the Blue Jays’ 3-1 win over the New York Mets yesterday after being hit on the right hand by a pitch from Bartolo Colon.
The Blue Jays said X-rays were negative and that Tulowitzki is day to day with bruised knuckles.
“It’s swollen a little bit and he cut it up a little bit, too,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
“It’s a sensitive area, hands and all that,” he added.
Toronto slugger Jose Bautista was a late scratch due to neck stiffness, a move Gibbons said was precautionary.
Coming off a start Friday against Washington in which he allowed eight runs over five innings, Colon limited the Blue Jays to three hits—including two by Darrell Ceciliani—over six scoreless innings.
Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez, bidding to be the fifth starter, scattered four hits in 6 1-3 shutout innings. He has given up three earned runs in 19 2/3 innings and five appearances.
“They both get groundballs all day long,” Gibbons said of Colon and Sanchez.
Colon had six strikeouts, while Sanchez picked up four. Neither had a walk.
“Bartolo was doing his thing out there,” Sanchez said.
As expected, Gibbons said Marcus Stroman would start the opener April 3 at Tampa Bay. “I’m honoured, I’m humbled,” Stroman said after pitching in a minor league game. Gibbons also didn’t rule out Stroman taking the hill five days later in the home opener with Boston.