CHICAGO -- A lot of what ails the Rockies offensively will be cured when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki returns to the active roster. However, no one has any idea when his injured left hip might be healthy enough for that to happen.
Tulowitzki underwent a "dry needling" medical procedure Monday in Philadelphia, where a series of tiny needles were inserted into the injured area to promote slight blood flow and, hopefully, speed up the healing process.
It is still too early to know how effective it was.
"It wasn't an easy process; a tough day for me," Tulowitzki told MLB.com in a phone interview. "But I feel all right. The plan is to get back to starting movement, see how it feels. I'll start moving around and doing some stuff. I'll be jogging and walking a little bit -- obviously, it's not baseball activity, just getting moving to see how I feel."
Tulowitzki hasn't played since sustaining the injury July 19. He leads the National League with a .340 batting average and leads the major leagues in on-base percentage (.432) and on-base plus slugging (1.035).
For people who prefer more traditional statistics, Tulowitzki has 21 home runs, 52 RBIs and 71 runs in 91 games this season.
He also addressed the controversy on him attending a game at Yankee Stadium in New York on his way to Philadelphia.
"It's over with, and I'm looking forward to getting healthy and back playing," he told MLB.com.
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--LHP Pedro Hernandez will be called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make his season debut Thursday in the series finale at Wrigley Field. Hernandez, 25, is 6-6 with a 6.14 ERA in 18 games (16 starts) for Colorado Springs. He made one major league start for the Chicago White Sox in 2012, then pitched 14 games (12 starts) for the Minnesota Twins last year, posting a combined 3-4 record with a 7.57 ERA.
--LHP Tyler Matzek was supposed to start Thursday's series finale with the Cubs, but he was used in the 16th inning in Tuesday's marathon, so his turn in the rotation was pushed back. "We'll bump Matzek, not a full turn, but we'll bump him back probably a day or two," manager Walt Weiss said. "We need to align that and see how all the pieces fit together."
--OF Carlos Gonzalez was given the game off Wednesday just to rest. Gonzalez is banged up after a couple of tough defensive plays. On Saturday, he hit the ground hard after making a diving catch, and then Tuesday, he awkwardly hit the wall in right field chasing a foul ball. "He's not quite 100 percent with the ankle," manager Walt Weiss said. "He played in that fiasco (Tuesday) night and we have a day game (Thursday), so there were a lot of things lining up for Cargo to have a day (off) today."
--1B Justin Morneau has hit the ground running in his return from a neck strain despite only playing in one rehab game. He went 1-for-4 with three walks in his first game Tuesday, and he followed that up with an RBI single in his first at-bat in Wednesday's game. He went 2-for-5 Wednesday.
--RHP Rob Scahill was brought up from the minors Wednesday essentially to save a weary bullpen after the 16-inning marathon Tuesday. "We're thin and that's why we had to get Robbie in here to protect that 'pen for tonight," manager Walt Weiss said. "Robbie's had three days off, and he's always a guy that's been able to give us length out of the 'pen. It's a nice piece to bring in." Scahill pitched a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday night to get his first win.
--INF Cristhian Adames was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, one day after making his major league debut. He went 0-for-3 Tuesday at Wrigley Field after entering the Rockies' 4-3, 16-inning loss as a defensive substitution. The Rockies needed his roster spot Wednesday to add a fresh reliever.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "As long as it wasn't 16 (innings) again. We would have been in trouble if that were the case. I would have preferred playing nine, but we got through it." -- Manager Walt Weiss, after the Rockies beat the Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings Tuesday following Colorado's 16-inning loss to Chicago on Tuesday.
--SS Josh Rutledge (upper-respiratory infection) did not play July 28-30. He is day-to-day.
--SS Troy Tulowitzki (left hip flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 20. He underwent a dry needling procedure on his left hip July 28 in Philadelphia. As of July 30, he was unsure when he would be able to resume baseball activities.
--RHP Jordan Lyles (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list June 5, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 13. He threw 30 pitches in live batting practice July 11. He also fielded grounders hit right at him for the first time. He was due to begin a rehab assignment July 18 at Double-A Tulsa but was scratched because he felt pain in his hand. He also was involved in a traffic accident July 18 and sustained cuts on his face. He made a rehab start for high Class A Modesto on July 26, and he is due to make a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on July 31.
--RHP Tyler Chatwood (right elbow flexor strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 5. He underwent an MRI exam that ruled out a tear in the elbow. He began throwing program from 50 feet May 23. He threw at 75 feet May 27. He threw from 105 feet June 3. He threw a bullpen session in mid-June. He experienced two setbacks, and he will have a second Tommy John surgery at a date to be determined, ending his season.
--RF Michael Cuddyer (non-displaced fracture of left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 6, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 21. He is scheduled to receive a follow-up MRI exam July 21.
--RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 30, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 4. He does not need surgery but is facing a lengthy rehabilitation. He will get a platelet-rich plasma injection July 8. There is a chance he won't return to action this season.
--RHP Christian Bergman (broken bone in left hand) went on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to June 21. He will be in a soft cast until early August, and he won't be ready to return before mid-August.
LHP Jorge De La Rosa
LHP Tyler Matzek
LHP Franklin Morales
LHP Brett Anderson
LHP Yohan Flande
RHP LaTroy Hawkins (closer)
LHP Rex Brothers
LHP Boone Logan
RHP Adam Ottavino
RHP Matt Belisle
RHP Tommy Kahnle
RHP Nick Masset
RHP Rob Scahill
1B Justin Morneau
2B DJ LeMahieu
SS Josh Rutledge
3B Nolan Arenado
INF Charlie Culberson
LF Corey Dickerson
CF Charlie Blackmon
RF Carlos Gonzalez
OF Drew Stubbs
OF Brandon Barnes
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