The Colorado Rockies just can’t catch a break.
Right when Colorado starts to get on somewhat of a roll they lose their best player. Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list today after suffering a left groin strain during Wednesday’s win over the Houston Astros.
Colorado has won five of their last seven games but will now have to survive without the face of their franchise. Manager Jim Tracy said that one of the main reasons he shut down Tulo was because he saw what happened with Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp and his hamstring. Tracy said that seeing Kemp go on the DL for the second time due to the lingering hamstring prompted him to sit Tulo even when he could stay on the active roster. It’s a good move by Tracy and the organization to prevent any further injury because if he was left in and aggravated it more he could be out for up to three months.
Unfortunately for Tulo he continues to be injury prone. In each of his last two seasons Tulowitzki has missed some games due to injury whether it is his hip flexor, wrist, or now his groin muscle. At least this time he didn’t seriously injure anything and it’s mainly a precautionary move to put him on the DL. To replace Tulo on the roster, the Rockies have activated Chris Nelson off of the DL.
Tulo got off to his usual slow offensive start to the season but just started to pick it up within the last few weeks. Paired with Carlos Gonzalez’s power surge the Rockies offense has carried the club to their last five wins but now CarGo will have to carry the load himself.
Hopefully Tulowitzki can heal adequately during his time on the disabled list and not have a lingering pain the rest of the season because the Rockies need all the help they can get.