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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Troy Tulowitzki, Drew Stubbs, Justin Morneau

By on 7/27/2014 02:45:00 PM

Colorado Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki flew to Philadelphia Saturday to meet with Dr. William Meyers to discuss the next steps in healing and recovery from the hip flexor tendon strain suffered on July 19. In addition, outfielder Drew Stubbs is day-to-day after twisting his ankle while hitting a home run, and first baseman Justin Morneau took batting practice Saturday for the first time since hitting the disabled list on July 14.

Troy Tulowitzki's Thomas Harding reported that Tulowitzki's trip is common for Rockies players. He explained that management will "often encourage players to visit with specialists" even those outside of the Rockies organization. "Tulo" pulled up approximately halfway between home and first on a ground ball to shortstop in the July 10 game against the Pirates. He immediately left the field and did not return for defense.

Tulowitzki is on the disabled list retroactive to July 20. The Rockies have no timetable for his return. Josh Rutledge has played most of the time at shortstop in Tulo's absence. Tulowitzki is hitting .340 with 21 HR and 52 RBI in 91 games. He attended the Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees game Sunday afternoon.

Drew Stubbs

Outfielder Drew Stubbs hit a solo home run Saturday to give the Rockies the lead in the fourth inning. During his swing, though, he twisted his ankle and had trouble rounding the bases. He came out for a pinch hitter in the next inning. Harding quoted Stubbs describing the incident. Said Stubbs,
"My spikes got caught in the dirt and my foot rolled over a little bit. I had to grit my teeth a little bit going around the bases. And as soon as I tried to run, it lit me up a little bit."
Stubbs is not in Sunday's starting lineup. He is day-to-day, so he could possibly pinch hit. Corey Dickerson is in left field. Stubbs is hitting .302 with 11 HR and 29 RBI in 84 games.

Justin Morneau

First baseman Justin Morneau took batting practice Saturday for the first time since straining his neck on July 13. He is on the 15-day disabled list, and the Rockies expect him back in the lineup before July ends. Morneau is hitting .312 with 13 HR and 60 RBI in 89 games.

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