If you had July 22 in the "What day will Troy Tulowitzki go on the disabled list?" pool, congrats, you're our big winner.
The Colorado Rockies made it official Tuesday that their MVP-candidate shortstop would be hitting the DL because of a hip flexor strain. He sustained the injury running out a ground ball Saturday.
There's a good chance this is just a quick trip, as he's only on the 15-day DL, but with Tulowitzki and his rough injury history, it's tough to have total faith in his health. And if you're a Rockies fan, this is another reason to shake your head at what this season has become.
Tulowitzki, of course is one of the best players in baseball when healthy. That "when healthy" caveat has troubled him since 2009. The 2011 season was the last time he played more than 130 games in a season. He missed 210 games total between 2010-2013.
Thus far, 2014 had been a great example of what Tulo can do when he's playing every day. He leads the NL in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage. He's third in homers and No. 1 in Wins Above Replacement.
The Rockies were hot early in the season, but have since sagged hard in the NL West. They're now tied for the worst record in baseball with the Texas Rangers. Injuries have claimed parts of the seasons of Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado. The Rockies also placed Justin Morneau on the disabled list Monday.
And to make matters worse, the Rockies owner Dick Monfort has been clashing with fans about the quality of the on-field product. Losing Tulowitzki, the team's best and most popular player, isn't going to help that.
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