The Colorado Rockies' disappointing season keeps getting worse, as All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was removed from Wednesday's game in the sixth inning against Houston after aggravating his groin.
UPDATE: Thursday, July 26th at 3:30 p.m. EST by Eric Ball
Tulowitzki’s season could be over.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rockies may shutdown the All-Star shortstop for the remainder of the season:
While Tulowitzki could possibly be ready to play late in the year, the Rockies have vowed not to push it, considering they are a non-contender and he is a foundation player. The club understands it may be a lost year for Tulo.
Josh Rutledge is supposed to be the future second basemen of the club, but has been filling in for Tulo at shortstop in his absence.
With the Rockies in dead last in the National League West and 16.5 out of the second wild card spot, even a Rocktober-sort of two months would make it hard to climb back into the race.
It makes plenty of sense to shut Tulowitzki down, allowing him plenty of time to recover as opposed to trotting him out for 30 meaningless games in September.
Tough year to be a Rockies’ fan.
-----End of Update-----
UPDATE: Saturday, June 16th at 10:25 a.m. EST by Andrew Kulha
According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Troy Tulowitzki will be checked out to determine if he has a sports hernia on Monday:
Rockies all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to be evaluated by a specialist to determine if Tulowitzki has a sports hernia.
Tulowitzki will consult with Dr. Bill Meyers, a surgeon who operated on Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton last November and successfully repaired Hamilton's sports hernia.
Check back for more news and updates on the Rockies shortstop as they come.
UPDATE: Thursday, May 31st at 6:20 p.m. EDT by Josh Martin
According to Tracy Ringolsby of Roots Sports Rockies, the Rockies have placed Tulowitzki on the 15-day DL with a left groin strain:
Rockies place Tulo on DL with left groin strain— Tracy Ringolsby (@ROOTSPORTS_TR) May 31, 2012
The Denver Post reports that the Rockies have activated infielder Chris Nelson to take Tulo's roster spot. Marco Scutaro is scheduled to start at shortstop in Tulo's stead, with DJ LeMahieu taking over at second base.
Tulowitzki first suffered the injury on a double play against the Houston Astros on April 7th. He will be sorely missed from a Rockies squad that's currently sitting in fourth place in the National League West with a record of 20-29.
-----End of Update-----
After the game, Tulowitzki told reporters that he will figure out what his status is after getting worked on Thursday.
From the Denver Post:
It's really sore. I will know more (Thursday) when I get treatment. I will know then if I can't go and need an MRI and it is a DL situation. I want to stay off the DL. But if I can't play, I can't play.
After losing six straight games, the Rockies have won five of their last seven. While three of those wins have come against Houston, the fact that they are beating bad teams is a positive step.
But losing Tulowitzki for any length of time would be a crushing blow to the Rockies' confidence. After a slump at the end of April through May 13 that saw his slash line drop to .258/.321/.395, Tulowitzki has been on fire.
In 16 games since bottoming out, Tulowitzki has hit .351 with nine extra-base hits in 57 at-bats to raise his season numbers to .287/.360/.486.
If the Rockies want to have any chance to crawl back into the National League West race, they need Tulowitzki to be healthy and productive.
We will have updates on Tulowitzki's injury as they become available, so check back to this page for the latest news and notes.