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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Troy Tulowitzki, Charlie Blackmon

By on 7/20/2014 03:15:00 PM

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki did not start Saturday's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates one day after leaving Saturday night's game with a muscle cramp in his left thigh. In addition, center fielder Charlie Blackmon also did not start after he awaited X-ray results on his left ankle. Josh Rutledge started at shortstop, and Drew Stubbs started in center field.

Tulowitzki limped off the field after grounding out in the top of the fourth Saturday night. He pulled up well short of the bag and walked directly to the dugout after reaching the base. Rutledge took over at shortstop in the bottom of the inning. The video link shows Tulowitzki lunge for the ball during his swing and pull up just a few steps out of the batter's box.

The Denver Post's Nick Groke quoted Tulowitzki describing what happened on the play and stating if he expects to miss a lot of playing time. Said Tulowitzki,
“I felt it grab when I was going down the (first-base) line. There wasn’t a lot of pain, but there was enough that I thought I should come out of the game to be safe.... I don’t think so. I guess I’ll know for sure when I wake up in the morning.”
At this point, Tulowitzki is listed as day-to-day.

"Tulo" is having a season that would garner him many MVP votes if the Rockiers were contenders. He is hitting .340 with 21 HR and 52 RBI in 91 games.

Meanwhile, Blackmon twisted his left ankle while swinging during an at bat late in Saturday's game. He finished all 11 innings and had X-rays taken afterward. The X-rays came back negative, and he is day-to-day. Blackmon is hitting .305 with 14 HR and 52 RBI in 94 games.

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