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Tulowitzki likely to come off DL on Monday

Blue Jays shortstop has been out with a right quad injury
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DETROIT -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons expects shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will be ready when he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Tulowitzki has been out since May 27 with soreness in his right quadriceps muscle. He has been working out at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., and he began hitting off a tee earlier this week.

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DETROIT -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons expects shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will be ready when he's eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Tulowitzki has been out since May 27 with soreness in his right quadriceps muscle. He has been working out at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., and he began hitting off a tee earlier this week.

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The belief is that Tulowitzki will not require a rehab assignment. He will get some at-bats in extended spring camp, and barring any setbacks, he'll rejoin the Blue Jays on Monday.

"Probably just down there at extended, I would think," Gibbons said when asked about a rehab assignment. "That's my guess."

Tulowitzki got off to a rough start this season, but he was showing signs of life just prior to getting hurt. He was batting .288 with a .903 OPS in 14 games prior to the DL stint, but overall he is hitting .204 with a .673 OPS.

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• Left-hander Brett Cecil also appears to be making some progress in his return from a torn lat muscle. Cecil hasn't pitched since May 14, but he began throwing recently, and according to Gibbons, he's feeling good. Cecil is not expected to return until the end of the month, and he will require a brief rehab assignment.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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