Ready to work

Newly-ac­quired Tu­low­itzki sees a win­ning team in the Blue Jays


Troy Tu­low­itzki is re­cov­er­ing from the shock of be­ing traded, but he’s ready to start win­ning.

The Blue Jays’ newly ac­quired short­stop made it clear that he’s ready to get down to work af­ter Tues­day’s block­buster deal that sent him and re­liever LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rock­ies to Toronto in ex­change for short­stop Jose Reyes, re­liever Miguel Cas­tro and mi­nor-league pitch­ers Jeff Hoff­man and Je­sus Tinoco.

Tu­low­itzki, who played his en­tire 10-year ca­reer in Colorado, had long heard ru­mours about be­ing traded but ex­pected Rock­ies own­er­ship to tell him if he was go­ing to be moved.

“To be with a dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion now is shock­ing,” said Tu­low­itzki on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. “At the same time, I’m look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture be­cause I see a win­ning team, a win­ning cul­ture. I know they haven’t won a World Se­ries here in a while, so to be a part of some­thing like that would be mem­o­rable.

“I think that’s what you play this game for, to win. I think there’s a great pos­si­bil­ity here that that could hap­pen and very soon.”

Tu­low­itzki had only been in Rogers Cen­tre for a cou­ple of hours when he spoke to re­porters Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, so the lit­tle things of be­ing in the Blue Jays’ or­ga­ni­za­tion still stuck out to him.

“I’m still shocked when I walk in to a club­house and it’s not pur­ple, it’s dif­fer­ent for me,” said Tu­low­itzki, who said speak­ing with his fam­ily about the move put him at ease. “I think as games go on and I get some games un­der my belt and I meet these guys, go on a road trip, win some games, I think I’ll feel more com­fort­able.

“I think it’s some­thing I’m not go­ing to be able to force, it’s just go­ing to have to come when­ever it does.”

Tu­low­itzki was set to make his Blue Jays de­but Wed­nes­day night against the Philadelphia Phillies in Toronto.

Hawkins de­buted Tues­day night in a 3-2 loss to Philadel- phia, pitch­ing a score­less in­ning of re­lief.

The pair from Colorado are mov­ing from a Rock­ies team (43-56) that is in last in the Na­tional League West, to Toronto (50-51), which is in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the Amer­i­can League and could pos­si­bly catch the New York Yan­kees for top spot in the AL East.


Toronto Blue Jays’ newly-ac­quired short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki speaks to re­porters dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Toronto on Wed­nes­day.

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