Colorado Rockies’ star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to July 20, with a left hip flexor strain. He was pulled out of Sunday’s game early after running out a ground ball.
Tulo, 29, leads the Majors in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.432) and OPS, aka on-base plus slugging percentage (1.035). He is also tied with two other players for the most hits in the Majors this season. Beyond that Tulowitzki has 18 doubles, 1 triple, 21 home runs, 52 RBI and 71 runs in 91 games for the Rockies this season. A four-time All-Star, Tulo was also the captain of the National League Home Run Derby team this year.
He was drafted 7th overall in the 2005 MLB Draft by the Rockies and has amazing career numbers. In his career Tulo has played 961 Major League games hitting .299 (1068-for-3574) with 205 doubles, 24 triples, 176 home runs, 604 RBI and 614 runs. Losing him will be a blow to the Rockies both offensively and defensively. It will also put a dent into Tulowitzki’s MVP chances.
The Rockies called up lefty starter Yohan Flande from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Flande is scheduled to start tonight’s game against the Nationals for the Rockies at Coors Field.
Flande, 28, is up with the big league club for the second time this season. He made three starts for the Rockies going 0-2 with 7.36 ERA.
Unfortunately the Rockies are also without Justin Morneau, a member of Tulowitzki’s Home Run Derby Team this year, who was put on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain, as well as, Michael Cuddyer who recently injured his shoulder.