MLB notebook: Blue Jays SS Tulowitzki to miss 8 weeks after surgery

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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will have surgery Monday to remove bone spurs from both heels, general manager Ross Atkins announced Friday.

Tulowitzki, who began the season on the 60-day disabled list, is expected to miss eight weeks. The five-time All-Star has not played since surgery to repair ligament damage suffered last July. The bone spurs have bothered him during his recovery.

Tulowitzki met with a foot specialist Wednesday to determine the next steps for his rehab process.

Tulowitzki, 33, is under contract for the next three seasons with an option in 2021. He's due $20 million for the 2018 season, $20 million in 2019 and $14 million in 2020. He hit .249 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 66 games last season and is a career .290 hitter with 224 home runs and 779 RBIs in 12 seasons with the Colorado Rockies and Blue Jays.

--The New York Yankees placed outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal muscle strain. Outfielder Billy McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding roster move.

Hicks went 2-for-4 while playing the entire game in center field in Thursday's 6-1 season-opening victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. It wasn't immediately known when the injury occurred.

Last season, Hicks was limited to 88 games due to oblique strains on both sides of his torso. He batted .266 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs.

--The Atlanta Braves placed catcher Tyler Flowers on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique. Atlanta recalled right-hander Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the roster spot.

Flowers suffered the injury on a swing on his first at-bat of the season on Thursday. He didn't finish the at-bat and left the contest against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Flowers batted .281 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in 99 games last season. Kurt Suzuki is expected to receive the bulk of the catching work while Flowers is sidelined.

--The Phillies placed relief pitcher Pat Neshek on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained right shoulder and recalled right-hander Yacksel Rios from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The move is retroactive to Tuesday.

Neshek, a 2017 All-Star, was 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 62 1/3 innings last season for the Phillies and Colorado Rockies. The right-hander rejoined Philadelphia as a free agent in the offseason.

--Field Level Media