After such a difficult 2012 season for Colorado Rockies fans, it would be great if team leaders Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi could return to the club in September. Both players made their first rehab start for the Double-A affiliate Tulsa Drillers Friday night. Apparently they will be re-evaluated by the Rockies in Denver sometime next week after they've played a few games. The timetable for their eventual return to the Rockies is still up in the air pending how they do in these games.
Tulsa Is Where It's Happening Right Now In The Rockies Farm System
Friday night the Tulsa Drillers sold out their stadium (over 8,000 in attendance) with the two major league stars on the team. Tulowitzki played five innings and went 1-3 at the plate with a double. Giambi was the designated hitter and went 1-3 as well.
However, this is also where highly regarded prospect Nolan Arenado is currently playing. The third baseman has been considered the next big prospect to move up to Denver, but Arenado had a major slump this season that delayed that. He started the season batting .289 in May and then .283 in June. July was the difficult month where Arenado struggled with a .165 batting average. However, he's bounced back strongly in August batting .361. The fact that he managed to get through such a prolonged and difficult slump bodes well for his mental toughness and readiness for the majors in my opinion. When the Rockies expand their roster from 25 to 40 players in September, I expect Arenado to be at Coors Field.
Should Tulowitzki Even Try To Play Again This Season?
Some cynics might think that Tulowitzki should have been shut down for the season after his terrible year. He hasn't played for the Rockies since May 30, and when he had surgery June 21 his return was very uncertain. At best, if he returns in September he might only have 25 games left in the season to play with the Rockies. In my opinion, Tulowitzki should return to the squad even if there's just 10 games left in the season. The Rockies have begun to have a bit of a resurgence (9-3 in past 12 games), and if they can do even better when they get their true team leader back (Tulowitzki), that would be great for fans. For months critics have been predicting that the team would have its worst season ever and that 100 losses was likely. To me, this is a cynical look at a team that usually plays its best the last quarter of the season. If they can end 2012 on a high note, it will send them into the offseason on a high note. The fans deserve it, and the Rockies really need it after such a difficult year.
Julie is a featured sports contributor for the Yahoo Contributor Network. A lifelong baseball fan, she began rooting for the Rockies when she moved to Colorado in 2001.
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