Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Updates on Rockies Star's Shoulder

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IApril 28, 2013

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was removed from Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with what is being called a left shoulder strain. 

UPDATE: Saturday, May 4, at 5:40 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Rockies announced that Tulowitzki will return to the lineup today:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 30 at 7:06 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Troy Renck of The Denver Post, Tulowitski will be out of the lineup for the 2nd-straight night:

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UPDATE: Monday, April 29 at 6:50 p.m ET by Eric Ball

Tulowitzki will not be in tonight's lineup against the LA Dodgers according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post as he deals with a mild sprain in his shoulder:

 

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UPDATE: Sunday, April 28 at 7:15 p.m ET by Eric Ball

The early report on Tulowitzki is encouraging. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Tulo has a mild sprain:

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MLB.com's Thomas Harding had the initial news:

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, he suffered the injury while sliding into home plate but walked off the field on his own power. 

That sound you hear is the collective deep inhale of concern by every Rockies fan across the country.

Tulo has gotten off to a blisteringly hot start to the season. He entered Sunday's game hitting .312/.398/.610 with six homers, 22 RBI (second most in the National League) and an impressive 1.5 WAR already.

His locked-in bat has been a major reason why the Rockies—who have scored the third-most runs in the league—sit atop the NL West.

Unfortunately, this is becoming an all too often occurrence for the incredibly talented shortstop. Tulo missed 61 games in 2008, 40 in 2010 and a staggering 115 last season due to multiple left leg injuries. 

The potential to be the league's best middle infielder has always been there—he hit over .300 and averaged 29.7 homers per season to go with stellar defense from 2009 to 2011. But he seemingly can't stay on the field. 

Nevertheless, he's only listed as day-to-day for now, so it's clearly not yet time to starting pounding the panic button. 

If he is forced to missed an extended period of time, however, 28-year-old Jonathan Herrera will fill in at shortstop, while Reid Brignac could also see some more at-bats.  

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