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Troy Tulowitzki to undergo season-ending hip surgery

Aug 13, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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Troy Tulowitzki‘s season has come to a close.

MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports that the shortstop is scheduled to undergo “labral repair surgery on his left hip” this Friday in Vail, Colorado.

It’s not clear how long the rest and rehab period will take, but Tulo will not play in another game this year.

The star 29-year-old was batting .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs, 52 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 91 games when he injured his hip while running out a grounder in late July. He might have earned his first National League MVP award if not for the injury.

  1. cutlersecondchin - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Bummer, but no surprise.

  2. jerze2387 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    …but nah, colorado shouldnt have traded him. Wouldnt want to leave a gaping hole at the DL spot

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      I am very grateful to Rockies ownership and management for overpricing his trade value enough in the offseason to remove any temptation of the Cards making a deal for him.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      You made me choke on my coffee with that one,good job sir.

    • scoochpooch - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Kudos, that was brilliant.

  3. futbolhistorian - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    brittle …

  4. chill1184 - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Such a fantastic player but so damm brittle

    • jeffbbf - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      I compare him to a lefty side of a platoon. has averaged 117 games over his 8 years.

  5. catfoodtitans - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Coming even closer to the end of the Tulo-Rockies era. It was good while it lasted.

  6. gothapotamus90210 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Tin Man Tulo

    • thebadguyswon - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      oh man, that’s good

  7. jre80 - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Stunned!!!

  8. govtminion - Aug 13, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    What? Not NOW, wait until the season ends! What about the postseason???

    (OK, snark aside, it’s not like losing Tulo will make the Rox WORSE at this point. Hell, send everyone else home at this point too. Being a fan of this team makes me want to puke.)

  9. freddsox - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Wow, he lasted way longer than I thought he would this year

  10. philpac33 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    I am thankful the Mariners didn’t clear the cupboards of all the “prized prospects” in an effort to land Tulo before the deadline.

  11. penguins87and71 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    It’s such a shame. This guy is the best shortstop in the MLB, but he can’t stay healthy. The MLB is a better league when all of it’s star players are healthy. It’s just a shame that this star player can’t stay healthy. Maybe it’s the training staff they have up there in Colorado, it seems like a lot of players on the Colorado Rockies are getting injured.

  12. devilsmetsgiants - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    This is why I think the Meta should target Starlin Castro instead of Tulowitzki.

    • dan1111 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      In 91 games this season, Tulo has produced more value than Castro has over 441 games in his last three seasons.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

        not if he were on ANY other N.L. team.

        home road splits are easy to look up.

        take him OUT of Coors and put him in another stadium and his numbers drop a LOT…

        so, what you said is true, but there is a but to it…

        Here are THIS SEASONS home road splits for Troy…

        Coors .417 . batting average. 497 on base percentage .748 slugging % 1.246 OPS

        Road .257 batting average .364 on base percentage .447 slugging % .812 OPS

        Uh, read those again.

        So, if he only played as a visitor in Coors and played all other games at home and on the road elsewhere, he’d be about a .255 to .260 hitter.

        CHECK out the difference in slugging % .748 to .477 between Coors and ALL other stadiums he’s played in.

        HOW can you compare what he’s done to others that have not played about half their games at Coors?

      • scoochpooch - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Don’t worry Dan just takes things at face value and doesn’t bother to delve deeper into the numbers. He just listens to what Buck and Verducci tell him.

      • yahmule - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        So a road OPS of .812 is supposed to be bad for an outstanding defensive shortstop? Are you guys really this stupid?

      • jfreebs - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

        This pseudoquant nonsense about ‘home/road splits for Rockies batters’ is ridiculous. You want to know what will change with Tulo’s bat if he changes uniforms? Absolutely NOTHING. The exact same thing that occurred with Matt Holliday, Seth Smith, and Dexter Fowler. All of whom had the same ‘ooh ooh home-road splits’ applied to them. And the result? Over the course of a season – there is ZERO difference in their overall stats. Rockies batters have UNIQUE problems with the road because the pitched ball moves again at sea level and it doesn’t at altitude. The Rockies are the only team that ‘gets used to the way the ball moves at Coors’ and hence are the only team that has to readjust to see pitches move differently batting on the road. Their home-road splits are always going to be extreme for that reason – but NEITHER one of those split numbers is relevant once they switch uniforms. Once they play for a new team, their home numbers go down (no park is Coors) and their road numbers go up (living in a hotel is MUCH easier than living in a hotel AND seeing pitches move differently) and it all averages out to no change at all and their home/road splits become just like every other player on every other team.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        @ yamule

        sir, where did I say a road slugging percentage of .812 was bad?

        I didn’t.

        my point was that dan can’t really compare a Coors field player in an apples to apples comparison to another player.

        THAT would be stupid. he was comparing what Troy had done to Castro.

        yes, Troy is better even if he were in Wrigley compared to Castro but he is NOT that much better, it’s the Coors field affect.

        oh, the WAR Troy puts up in home games does NOT help his team in road games.

        so yeah, the average comes out high, but he’s not helping in each game, just the home games.

        for instance, an MVP caliber season is like 8, 9 or 10 WAR.

        let’s say a player amasses a WAR of 4.5 at home and 4.5 on the road for a total of 9 in the season.

        solid play and could be counted on game after game.

        now Troy comes along and has an 8 WAR at home and a 1 WAR on the road. that’s the same 9 WAR for the season, but he’s not helping them out in HALF of their games really.

        yes, I know these are not his real numbers, I’m making a point that when he does so WELL at Coors and much WORSE on the road, the good numbers over inflate his value.

        Most MVP’s are valuable to their teams in ALL their games, NOT just half of them.

        Look up Miggy’s home road splits last yr and the year before. they are REALLY SIMILAR.

        Miggy played better game in and game out during the season than Troy was playing this year before his injury.

        great at home and so so on the road.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        @yahmule A road OPS is .812 is “nice,” and above league average for a SS, sure. But, not an MVP level of play.

        His home/road split on OPS+ is more than 100 this year, which is far more than his career splits of just over 30. Also, at age 29, he’s likely having a career year. Let’s not forget that. And it may be a factor in the larger home/road splits this year.

        More reasons, per my comment above, I’m glad Rockies ownership overpriced him in the offseason and St. Louis didn’t pay the price of two starting pitchers or whatever for him.

      • jfreebs - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        @sportsfan – Why can’t one compare a Coors Field batter with every other batter?

        Here’s Matt Holliday’s career slashline:
        COL (his age 24-28 years) – .319/.386/.552
        STL (his age 29-34 years) – .300/.386/.505

        The only difference is a slighter higher overall babip when he was a Rockie (bigger outfield – which accounts for all the AVG difference and half the SLG difference) and a few more singles/doubles stretched into doubles/triples when Holliday was younger. And mostly at STL, he’s entirely on the wrong side of the age curve.

        Here’s the ‘home-road’ nonsense that was prattled on about re Holliday as a ‘Coors effect’ batter

        While with Rockies:
        Home – .357/.422/.645 (babip .387)
        Away – .281/.347/.456 (babip .325)

        While with Cards:
        Home – .301/.397/.514 (babip .326)
        Away – .290/.370/.479 (babip .325)

        A change in uniform makes the home numbers go down, the road numbers go up (DESPITE the wrong side of the age curve), and the overall number near IDENTICAL.

        People who prattle on about ‘Coors effect’ as a way to diss Rockies batters are merely proof that morons are indeed allowed on the internet (and in the BBWA for HoF voting for Larry Walker and prob Helton and Tulo when it is his time).

      • dan1111 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Dude, Tulo is just way better than Castro. Fiddling with an adjustment for his home ballpark will make zero difference in the overall picture.

        By OPS+, which adjusts for ballpark, Tulo is winning 173 to 111 this season and 125 to 99 for their careers. And his defense also rates much better.

      • devilsmetsgiants - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        I wasn’t even suggesting that Castro was better. I think Tulowitzki is a superior player, even out of Coors. I’m just saying that he cannot be counted on to play full seasons and I think this trend will not improve. This is the third year in a row he’ll miss extended time.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        @jfreebs

        You kindly supplied these stats…

        While with Rockies:

        Home – .357/.422/.645 (babip .387)
        Away – .281/.347/.456 (babip .325)

        Miguel Cabrera 2013 home road splits

        I prefer using Miggy as folks were saying that Troy was a runaway MVP candidate this season before he got hurt.

        2013 stats
        Home OPS 1.081
        Road OPS 1.074

        Miggy slugged much better on the road than at home. His low batting average was on the road and it was .331

        2013 Mike Trout home road stats

        Home .319 batting average
        Road .326 batting average

        Home on base percentage .439
        Road on base percentage .425

        Home Slugging .536
        Road Slugging .575

        Home OPS .975
        Road OPS 1.000

        Both Miggy and Trout’s Road stats were still amazing.

        LOOK at Troy’s Road stats this year compared to his home stats.

        Also, Miggy and Trout’s home stats were not ALL above Babe Ruth in Slugging, higher than Ted Williams on base percentage and their home batting averages weren’t better than Ty Cobb’s career batting average.

        Troy, at home is slugging HIGHER than Babe Ruth, getting on base more than Ted Williams and hitting for a higher average than Ty Cobb.

        Oh, Troy’s .257/.364/447 isn’t bad, but it isn’t like Miggy’s or Trout’s road slash lines either, NOT EVEN CLOSE.

        How do I know it’s Coors? Well, Troy’s road stats come from like 15 or so other ballparks combined and they are kind of lower than his stats at Coors don’t you think?

  13. 76ersdoubletank - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Well, this sure is a surprise. But still, he wants to play for a winner. He just wants to do it from his couch for 90-100 games every year.

    • dan1111 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Please provide evidence that Tulo doesn’t work hard/doesn’t want to play. Otherwise, you’re just being a jerk.

      • scoochpooch - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        how do you get hurt in baseball?
        Only legitimate causes: arm injury (pitcher only), HBP, diving in outfield. Tulo’s injuries rarely fit into these catgeories.

  14. grizzlystrike - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Mr. Glass

  15. ejheim62 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    if you are going to rehab, Vail’s not a bad place to do it…if you can afford it, of course…

  16. braddavery - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    CarGo, Tulo… does the Colorado air turn players to glass, or what.

    • scoochpooch - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      and undeserved all stars

  17. yahmule - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    His defense at SS is outstanding, but its probably time to hand Tulo a first baseman’s glove.

  18. stex52 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    And another MVP candidate bites the dust. We had this discussion when Cutch got hurt. Tulo would be odds-on favorite if he stayed healthy. But you knew he wasn’t going to.

    Hate to see such a talented player go down for the season.

  19. jfk69 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I guess Alderson will be withdrawing his strong interest in a shortstop that hits 250 outside of Coors. Not too mention. Has a hard time staying healthy.
    The Mets luck has finally turned.

    • yahmule - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Not really. The fan base is full of morons.

  20. scoochpooch - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Tulo proving that the majority of baseball players just aren’t athletes. Hip injury from what, all those times he was tackled running to 1B?
    I have nothing against the guy personally but he is the most overrated player in MLB. His numbers are simply a product of Coors Field.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      no way scooch!

      I mean just a product of Coors Field?

      He’s only slugging .748 at Coors compared to .447 everywhere else this season… that isn’t too much of a gap now…

      That .748 slugging percentage is way higher than Babe Ruth’s all time HIGHEST career slugging percentage of .690%

      He’s batting .417 at Coors this year compared to .257 everywhere else. I mean come on, that’s pretty close man…

      His on base percentage at Coors this season is .497% compared to .364% everywhere else.

      Oh, that .497% on base percentage at Coors is HIGHER than the HIGHEST career on base percentage in the history of the game.

      Ted Williams has the highest career on base percentage in history at .482% and Troy’s Coors Field on base percentage is higher than that.

      Ya think Coors is helping him out folks?

      • yahmule - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Keep ****ting on the guy for that road OPS of .812.

        Miguel Cabrera’s road OPS is .818 this year.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=cabremi01&year=Career&t=b

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        yamule

        WHERE did I say an .812 road OPS was bad?

        huh? WHERE?

        I’m saying that Coors has inflated his numbers.

        for Pete’s sake, his slugging % at Coors this year is higher than the highest career slugging % in the history of the game.

        Troy isn’t better at slugging than Babe Ruth. you’re right, .812 is good but it isn’t best in the history of the game good which is what he’s doing at Coors.

        Come on, at Coors, Troy is slugging better than Babe Ruth, getting on base better than Ted Williams and hitting higher than Ty Cobb did for his career.

        Troy isn’t the best at slugging, on base percentage and batting average in the history of the game.

        It’s Coors field.

        THOSE ARE MY POINTS

        my point is NOT that .812 on the road is bad. get OFF of that point sir.

    • yahmule - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      Let’s see you even complete a throw to first base from the hole at shortstop, dork.

  21. brandotho - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    He’s made of glass, but $20M/yr until he’s 35 seems like a solid deal

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      I’d say no. Between the injuries, and the fact that this is seemingly a “career year” for him, no. His OPS+ has never before been over 140, and his OPS never before above .950.

      • brandotho - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        You do realize he is a shortstop, right? Plus, only once in a full season has he been worth less than 5 wins

      • jfreebs - Aug 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Tulo’s injuries are in large part a function of him playing for a team run by the stupidest people in baseball. Yes he is a big guy playing a position that is usually played by small wiry guys. But it is his team that decides to play him there exclusively rather than putting him into a flexible Zobrist/Prado multiposition role. It is his team that filled the starting rotation with lefty pitch-to-contact groundball- inducers – which means righties are gonna pull hard groundballs to SS/3B all the freaking time, every day, every game. It is his team that created the need for their SS to make more fielding plays at SS than any other team in MLB.

        Which means that IF Tulo WERE to play a full season, he’d have to make about 200 more torquey/twisty off-balance plays at SS than SS on the teams that put the least fielding demand on their SS and 100 more than the ‘average’ SS on the ‘average’ team. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a big guy at a little guys position gets injured when he’s required to do more work in the field even though his irreplaceable value is at the plate.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        Yes, I do realize that. And, since this is a career year, his range at SS is going to start decreasing, too.

        You do realize that, don’t you? By 35, he’ll be a 3WAR/year player, if he’s playing all 162, in all likelihood.

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