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Tulowitzki was scratched from Saturday's Cactus League game but merely for rest purposes, MLB.com reports. "He's fine," manager Walt Weiss said. "I was just mapping out his workload. I just made a decision to give him a day today, as opposed to playing him back-to-back. It had nothing to do with how he felt physically."
Tulowitzki began playing in spring games sooner than the team expected following August hip surgery, and it sounds like Weiss just wanted to pump the brakes ever so slightly and give the 30-year-old shortstop a day to rest his legs. While Tulowitzki has just three hits in 14 spring at-bats to this point (.214 average), two of those three hits have left the yard.
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Tulowitzki (hip) went hitless in two at-bats while playing three innings in the field during his spring training debut Monday against the Reds.
Tulowitzki slotted in at his familiar shortstop spot in what marked his first competitive action since July 19 of last season. The Rockies elected to rest Tulowitzki on Tuesday for the Rockies' split-squad games, but the absence wasn't injury-related, as manager Walt Weiss made the choice to give Tulowitzki a maintenance day. As a veteran player, Tulowitzki will likely see a limited slate of spring-training at-bats the rest of the way, but he'll get enough work to be well prepared for the start of the regular season. While Tulowitzki's surgically repaired left hip seems to be holding up well, his myriad health concerns over the last several years raise plenty of questions about his ability to stay upright over the course of a 162-game schedule.
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Tulowitzki (hip) will get the start at shortstop and hit third in Monday's Cactus League game, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
This was Tulowitzki's anticipated date for his spring debut, and it will be good to see him back in action. Now that he is playing in games, prospective owners will want to continue to monitor his status to make sure there haven't been any setbacks as Opening Day approaches.
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Tulowitzki (hip) could make his spring training debut Monday, MLB.com reports.
If Tulowitzki indeed suits up, it would be a week earlier than expected. He participated in a workout Sunday, so there is a chance that the debut will occur. An early return would be great news for owners, as it would allow extra reps in spring to knock the rust off prior to Opening Day.
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Tulowitzki (hip) has been participating in simulated games in recent days, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
It's been smooth sailing on the recovery front thus far for Tulowitzki, who has been able to take batting practice and run the bases in addition to taking part in the simulated games. His Cactus League debut likely isn't far away.
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Tulowitzki (hip) ran the bases Monday and could play in games sooner than originally expected, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
He will not play in the Rockies' Cactus League Opener, but it sounds like he will be in the lineup for an exhibition game sooner than later. Fantasy owners will need to continue to monitor his status throughout spring training, but this certainly qualifies as good news.
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Tulowitzki (hip) is expected to begin running the bases next week, MLB.com reports.
Both Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez (knee) have been ruled out for the Rockies' Cactus League opener, but both players have been working out on the field without pain and manager Walt Weiss said the team has been "very encouraged" by their progress. Tulowitzki has been taking fielding practice -- he was even seen diving for a groundball Saturday morning -- and there's a chance he could be cleared to run the bases early in the week if all goes well.
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Tulowitzki (hip) reported to the Rockies' spring training complex Monday, the Denver Post reports. "I'm ready to go," Tulowitzki said. "As far as my schedule is concerned, I'm not too sure about it. Walt (Weiss) is the manager. I'll go at his pace, but it'll probably be slower than I'd like."
Returning from August hip surgery, Tulowitzki has progressed to hitting and fielding drills thus far. The next step will be running the bases again, although it's not immediately clear when he'll be able to progress to that activity. With six weeks before Opening Day, Tulowitzki has the benefit of plenty of time to progress through the final stages of his rehab with the hope of being ready to go when the season begins.
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Tulowitzki (hip) resumed infield work this week, MLB.com reports. "He's swinging fully, he's taking batting practice in the cage, and this week he's starting to add taking ground balls in the infield and really starting to ramp up the pure baseball activity," Rockies GM Jeff Bridich said.
Manager Walt Weiss said last month that Tulowitzki was ahead of schedule in his recovery from August hip surgery, and it sounds like the four-time All-Star is continuing to make steady progress. Tulowitzki was in Denver last week for a routine checkup and "everything's great," according to Bridich. It seems Tulowitzki is on track for spring training, though Weiss cautioned that both Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez (knee) likely won't play a lot in the Cactus League. "It's smart not to play these guys a lot in the spring, since I see them playing a lot during the season," Weiss said.
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Tulowitzki (hip) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from hip surgery and Rockies manager Walt Weiss isn't ruling out the possibility of having his star shortstop available for the start of spring training.
Speaking to reporters during a media session at the Winter Meetings, Weiss did not elaborate on the specifics of the original timetable for Tulowitzki's return. That he is ahead of schedule is undoubtedly a good sign, but until Tulowitzki is on the field in game action and without significant limitations, there will be a cloud of uncertainty regarding his expected workload at the beginning of the season.