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Troy Tulowitzki to undergo groin surgery

Jun 20, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

Troy Tulowitzki AP

The Rockies finally know what’s ailing Troy Tulowitzki; he was diagnosed with a kind of athletic pubalgia most commonly known as Hockey Goalie/Baseball Pitcher Syndrome after another examination Wednesday. He’ll undergo surgery Thursday, and there is no timetable for his return.

Hockey Goalie/Baseball Pitcher Syndrome is one of a number of different versions of athletic pubalgia, which are injuries that involve tears in the groin areas. My 15 minutes of research indicates that it takes about eight weeks to recover from the surgery, meaning Tulo should be able to make it back at some point this season, even if it’s just for September.

With Tulowitzki sidelined, the Rockies likely just went from probable to definite sellers in advance of the trade deadline. They’re currently 25-41, putting them 16 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West.

Tulowitzki was hitting .287/.360/.486 with eight homers and 27 RBI before he landed on the disabled list May 31. His absence has caused the Rockies to slide Marco Scutaro from second base to shortstop, with Chris Nelson taking over at second.

  1. dcornelius5 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    This team will have the #1 overall pick in next years amateur draft. You heard it here first.

    • icanspeel - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      I dunno the Padres will give them some stiff competition for that #1 overall pick

  2. prosourcetalk - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    That is terrible news.

  3. sabatimus - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    This + 4-man, 75-pitch rotation = dead last.

  4. adiddie - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Somewhere a man named Agamemnone just tore his own pubalgia

  5. garylanglais - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Marco Scutaro and Jason Giambi would be the likely hitters to be shopped at the deadline.

    I guess Betancourt and Belisle would be the logical arms but its not like the Rockies need to move either as they are both signed to affordable deals through ’14 season

  6. sisqsage - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    “Probable” sellers?
    These guys were toast weeks ago.
    The Rox keep thinking that they are good just because of Tulo and Cargo, but the reality is they will have yet another losing record in 2012 because their pitching is horrible. Relying on Moyer should have been the first clue the rotation was weak.
    Also, seems like Tulo gets hurt every year. A great talent, but not Jeter-esque in the durability dept. is he?
    Colo won’t compete again the NL West until they can develop top pitchers like Kershaw, Cain and Bumgarner.

    You might have to trade Tulo in the offseason to get a headstart on the rebuilding.

    • chill1184 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      They wont get much for Tulo given that his injury history is only a few ticks better than Jose Reyes’.

  7. xjokerz - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:50 AM

    And down the drain go my fantasy team this year thanks Tulo…. And Adrian Gonzalez u bum

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