Blue Jays SS Tulowitzki hits in simulated game, nears return

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has tested his injured shoulder by hitting in a simulated game.

Tulowitzki had a homer, two doubles and walked once in six plate appearances against a pair of minor-league pitchers before the AL East champions started a regular season-ending three-game series Friday night at Tampa Bay.

David Price, scheduled to pitch Game 1 of the AL Division series Thursday, also took part in the simulated game and struck out Tulowitzki on a called third strike and got a flyball to center.

Tulowitzki hasn't played since Sept. 12, when he cracked his scapula and bruised muscles in his upper back after colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar in a game against the New York Yankees.

Toronto obtained Tulowitzki from Colorado on July 28 in a multi-player deal. He's is hitting .232 with the Blue Jays, but they're 30-8 with him in the starting lineup.