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Rockies place Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list

Jul 22, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Sure enough, the Rockies have now placed Tulowitzki on the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain.

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Troy Tulowitzki exited Saturday’s game with what the Rockies called a “cramp” in his quadriceps, but now the star shortstop is out of the lineup tonight for the third consecutive game and it’s clear the injury is more serious.

Tulowitzki has a long injury history, so this naturally leads to speculation that the Rockies are trying to downplay his current malady ahead of a potential trade. Or maybe he’s just not healing as quickly as they hoped and it’ll ultimately prove to be a minor issue.

Tulowitzki has played 91 of the Rockies’ first 99 games while leading the league in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.432), and slugging percentage (.603). As usual Coors Field has been a huge help, as he’s posted a ridiculous 1.246 OPS at home compared to a still-good-but-not-amazing .811 OPS on the road.

  1. dowhatifeellike - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I’ve never had a cramp that lasted 3 days, but I have cramped so hard that it strained a muscle. That’s my bet.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Good call. 100 points to you.

  2. chill1184 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Such a great player but so damm injury prone.

  3. jss1330 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I blame the ungrateful fans

  4. mikhelb - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    He is old, overpaid and injuried, that means a trade to the Yankees is imminent.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      29 is old?

  5. kardshark1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Tulo’s career OPS is .818 on the road. Again, good, but not great.

    It’s gonna be really fun when a stud hitter signs and plays at Coors. His stats are gonna be absolutely bonkers.

    • paperlions - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Was Jeter great? His road OPS is .777 and he’s been a horrible defensive SS throughout his career, whereas Tulo is among the best defensive SS around.

      I am not arguing that Jeter wasn’t great, just pointing out that your perception of what it takes to be “great” is unrealistic; there must not be anyone good enough to be great in your book.

      • kardshark1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        I don’t consider an .818 OPS great, sorry. Just randomly picking Nick Swisher for no other reason than he was currently on my Fangraphs page. Coincidently, he has a career .818 OPS at home. No, I don’t consider Nick Swisher a great player.

        And Jeter’s career road OPS is .807, not .777 like you said — which has been lowered a lot by the last 5-6 years in his decline. Tulo has an .818 OPS in his PRIME years… If he plays to 40, I’m sure it will be even lower.

  6. newpairofsox - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I took the flexor train once. Stretched on for miles, but snapped back once we got to town.

  7. claymatthewshairplugs - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Wow what a surprised, Tulo injured again. He makes Nick Johnson look like Cal Ripken

  8. gdobs227 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Trout is the best player in baseball. McCutchen is probably second, if not for Tulo’s injuries, he’d be in the discussion.

  9. senioreditor2 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Why they didn’t trade this guy when they had a chance to is beyond me? Away from Coors he’s a good player but worth nothing close to what they signed him for. Their owners an idiot, so Tulo’s contract and subsequent non-trade are no big surprise. I’m guessing the Astros will play in the postseason before the Rockies do.

  10. coloradothistle - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    There go our World Series chances.

  11. boyofzimmer - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Blame the home run derby!

  12. disgracedfury - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    People say he is only a great hitter because he hits in Coors field but don’t forget he has to hit in Dodgers,Diamondback,Giants and Padres stadium which are pitchers parks.He is an elite hitter but just like Longoria he can’t just stay healthy.

    If I was the Yankees I would trade for him in the off season and make him a DH.He might not be a better player than Trout or McCutchen but he is a better hitter than them.

  13. govtminion - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Look on the bright side… this isn’t going to hurt the Rox chances at a playoff berth, at least. (Why do I still watch this team? WHY?)

  14. mungman69 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    Wake up…. He is hurt again. Sure Coors inflates his stats but a lot of teams would love to have him. Can’t stay healthy.

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