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Rockies shut down Carlos Gonzalez for year, Troy Tulowitzki “available only in emergency”

Sep 26, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki haven’t been in the Rockies’ lineup together since September 13 and that won’t change until next year.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez has been shut down for the season with a wrist injury and Tulowitzki is “available only in an emergency” due to hip problems. And since there aren’t many emergencies for a sub-.500 team playing the final series of the season with an expanded roster he might as well be shut down too.

Gonzalez got off to a slow start and wasn’t able to duplicate his monster 2010 production, seeing his OPS drop nearly 100 points while missing 35 games, but if you take his rough April out of the equation Gonzalez hit .311 with a .962 OPS in 103 games from May 1 on. Last season he hit .336 with a .974 OPS in 145 games overall.

Tulowitzki’s production has remained steady for the past three seasons, with OPS totals of .930, .949, and .916. Coors Field obviously boosts his raw numbers considerably, but during that three-year span his .931 OPS ranks eighth among all MLB hitters and first among shortstops by nearly 70 points over Hanley Ramirez.

  1. The Common Man - Sep 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    At this point, can’t we just say that they’re going to sit out the next three games. “Out for the year” seems so dramatic.

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