Colorado Rockies fans must have grabbed their chests in panic Saturday night when Troy Tulowitzki pulled up lame on the basepaths.
Thankfully, the news is good for the Rockies.
Tulowitzki ran out a ground ball to shortstop in the fourth inning and pulled up before he came to first base. Tulowitzki gingerly walked off the field and the first reports had a possible quadriceps injury as the reason.
Tulowitzki’s diagnosis was muscle cramps in his thigh, which may or may not keep him out for a game pending more tests or examinations.
The Rockies’ shortstop may be one of the only reasons to watch Colorado right now. He is one of the National League’s batting leaders with a .342 average, and his 71 runs were also tops in the NL.
With Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer battling injuries off and on, you have the main reasons why the Rockies are relevant at the moment. The team entered Saturday with a 40-56 record, one of the worst in the National League if not all of baseball.
Tulowitzki wants to stay in Colorado and finish out his career, if at all possible. Although, all this losing may make him wistful to head to a contender before all is said and done.
A major injury would have derailed Tulowitzki for several weeks and killed the Rockies’ chances to post a respectable record the rest of the way. There is no doubt “Tulo” is the glue that holds the Rockies together. Injuries to Cuddyer and Gonzalez derailed a promising season before it really got started. Colorado was in the thick of things midway through the first half, but when the injuries hit, the Rockies dropped off dramatically.
Tulowitzki’s career has been hampered by injuries. You can only shake your head and wonder where he would be in the discussion of the game’s top players had he only stayed healthy all this time.
For now, the Rockies are thankful this injury wasn’t worse. A lot of fans gasped for air when Tulowitzki was hurt, but the news was good.
Colorado sports fans are already counting down to Denver Broncos‘ training camp. They didn’t need any more reason to turn off the Rockies.