TORONTO — Troy Tulowitzki and the Toronto Blue Jays are still in waiting mode.

The injured all-star shortstop said Saturday afternoon that the rehab on his left shoulder was progressing but that he and the Blue Jays training staff had no exact schedule for his return.

“There’s no plan, no date set,” said Tulowitzki. “I think these next couple of days will tell a lot. I’ll just continue to do my rehab process, strengthen those muscles that got stretched out a little bit and hurt and see how I feel in the next couple of days.”

Tulowitzki fractured his left shoulder blade and had bruising on his upper back after a collision with Kevin Pillar at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 12. Originally the team expected he would return to Toronto’s lineup in two to three weeks.

“That’s definitely the goal,” said Tulowitzki of the two-to-three week window. “But at the same time, any time there’s a fracture, you don’t want to rush it. I think soon we’ll probably look at the fracture and see how it’s healing up and go from there.”

In the week since his injury, Tulowitzki has visited a specialist in Boston to have work done on his soft tissue, but he hasn’t done any baseball activities like swing a bat or field groundballs.

Sleeping has been difficult for him, but otherwise Tulowitzki feels he’s made significant progress in his rehabilitation.

“Before I couldn’t even move my arm. I have some movement in my arm,” said Tulowitzki. “Every day I feel like I’m making strides. I’m definitely headed in the right direction.

“But at the same time, y’know, you don’t want to throw a date out there and people to expect you to return and you not be there because you’re not ready.”

Toronto has won five of its last seven games, including the first half of the doubleheader when Pillar and Tulowitzki collided. Since that series in New York the Blue Jays have expanded their lead in the American League East to 4 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees.

“It’s definitely tough (sitting out games),” said Tulowitzki. “But the way that they’re playing, they’re playing great. So that makes it easier.

“Any time that they’re winning games it makes it a lot easier to watch. Hopefully we can keep doing the same and hold on to this lead in the division.”


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John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press