Tag:Troy Tulowitzki
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:54 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 2:30 pm

CarGo, singles hitter

It looks like the Triple Crown is safe for another year.

Carlos Gonzalez, Albert Pujols and Joey Votto all seemed to have a shot at the National League's first Triple Crown since 1937, but it doesn't look like any of the three still have that shot with less than two weeks remaining in the season.

Carlos Gonzalez Gonzalez has the batting average lead (.339), while Pujols is tops in home runs (39) and RBI (109). Votto will likely have to settle for the consolation prize of the MVP.

Gonzalez trails Pujols by seven homers and two RBI -- but don't expect a Troy Tulowitzki-like power surge from Gonzalez.

"I can't have the same swing I used to have," Gonzalez told the Denver Post 's Jim Armstrong . "They tape [the right wrist] real well so I don't have to twist my wrist. But I don't like excuses. If I feel good enough to play, I'll play. I have to battle through it."

Gonzalez has been bothered by tendinitis in his right wrist since a foul ball against Jonathan Sanchez on Aug. 30.

In 20 games since that foul ball, Gonzalez has just three homers, but none of his other numbers have suffered, as he's hit .427/.506/.653 in that period, raising his average 13 points. He's been aided by an astounding .492 batting average on balls in play.

"I've been more of a singles hitter," Gonzalez said. "That's the farthest thing I get now -- doubles. The good thing about it is, I'm not hitting enough home runs, but I'm getting on base for Tulo so he can get RBIs."

He's right, he's scored 18 runs in those 20 games and also has eight of his 33 doubles during the stretch.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 4:43 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 4:53 pm

Tulowitzki homers again ... and again

Troy Tulowitzki
The power of the mullet is in full force in Colorado, where Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is continuing his unreal home run surge.

Tulowitzki hit a three-run shot against San Diego's Clayton Richard in the third inning, then hit another three-run shot in the fourth off Edward Mujica. They were his 10th and 11th homers in the past 13 games. He had nine homers in the first half of the season.

As MLB.com points out, the Rockies record for September home runs is 12, and Tulowitzki is just one shy of that with 13 more games on the schedule this month.

In 13 games entering Thursday, Tulowitzki (shown getting a recent post-homer sunflower seed shower) was batting .365 and slugging .981 with 20 RBI, 16 runs scored and 13 extra-base hits. In the first half today, he's tacked on another two homers and seven RBIs.

The Rockies might not even need this late-season surge if they'd had a healthy Tulowitzki all year. He missed 33 games with a chip fracture in his wrist and has only recently gotten back to full strength.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 5:56 pm

Rockies touch up Chapman

Aroldis Chapman Apparently, Aroldis Chapman is human.

The Reds used Chapman in the middle of an inning for the first time and he allowed not only his first big league hit, but also his first run.

Chapman entered the game with two outs and the Reds trailing by a run, 5-4.

Eric Young Jr. got the first hit off Chapman, a singled up the middle on a 98.6 mph fastball, scoring Seth Smith. Dexter Fowler then hit a hard ball at Paul Janish, who was knocked backwards and tried to get a force at second, but threw it over the head of Brandon Phillips, scoring Chris Nelson, scored as an error.

Carlos Gonzalez then hit a little bouncer over Chapman's head that third baseman Juan Francisco couldn't handle, loading the bases. After throwing a 103.1 mph fastball to Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Hanigan had one go by him for a passed ball, scoring another run. Chapman then got Tulowitzki swinging at a slider to end the inning.

Chapman's final line -- 1/3 of an inning, three hits and an unearned run with a strikeout. He threw 16 pitches -- nine were clocked at 100 mph or better.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 4:14 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 4:15 pm

Record extension for Jays' Romero

Ricky Romero
Ricky Romero isn't even eligible for arbitration until 2012, but the Blue Jays aren't taking any chances with the promising left-hander, laying out some serious money to make sure they control his cost for the next five years.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports via Twitter that Toronto has signed Romero to a five-year, $30.1 million extension, the largest guaranteed contract ever for a player with less than two years of major-league service. The deal buys out all his arbitration-eligible years and runs through 2015.

Romero, 25, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Cal State Fullerton, has been terrific in his first two major-league seasons. He was a 13-game winner in 2009 and is 9-7 with a 3.53 ERA this season. He's averaging 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Romero has a four-pitch repertoire with increasingly good command and is considered smart, composed and focused. He got hung up in the minors for longer than expected, leading some to wonder whether the Jays had overreached for him at No. 6 (especially since Troy Tulowitzki was taken seventh). But he has clearly figured it out, and projects as a potential No. 1 or 2 for years to come.

The big extension is a gamble for the Jays, a potential disaster if he gets hurt or doesn't live up to his early promise. But by overpaying for him right now, they could save a ton of money in the long run if he turns into a $12-15 million ace in his arbitration years.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:46 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 11:14 pm

Pirates' Ohlendorf hit in the head

Ross Ohlendorf Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf left the field in Denver under his own power after being hit in the right side of his head by Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The ball hit Ohlendorf near the temple and he dropped to his knees on the mound as the ball went into right field for an RBI single.

Ohlendorf was examined on the field and walked off under assistance by the team's trainer.

Sean Gallagher replaced Ohlendorf.

It's been a rough series for pitchers at Coors Field. Yesterday, Rockies closer Huston Street was hit in "the pelvic region" during batting practice and was taken off the field in an ambulance. He was back at the field, but not ready to play, on Wednesday. Let's hope Ohlendorf does the same.

UPDATE: Great news from Coors Field, where Ohlendorf has returned to the stadium after undergoing a CT scan, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel tweets .

UPDATE 2: Ohlendorf wasn't the only one on the Pirates payroll to head to the hospital on Wednesday. Biertempfel (blogging this time) reports Aki Iwamura was taken to the hospital after a collision with the first baseman on an infield single.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 12:57 pm

Tulowitzki to return Tuesday

Troy Tulowitzki and his mullet will return to the Rockies' lineup Tuesday against Pittsburgh, the Denver Post 's Troy Renck reports .
His left wrist checked out fine. He made diving plays, hit the ball hard, swung and miss with no issues. He will start and bat cleanup for the Rockies against the Pirates.

“He had no pain,” trainer Keith Dugger said.
The Rockies enter today's day game in Philadelphia owners of a five-game losing streak and are 7 1/2 games behind the Padres in the NL West and just three games over .500. Tulowitzki certainly gives the team a shot in the arm.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2010 6:48 pm

Rockies' Helton, Tulowitzki on the mend

Todd Helton A pair of Rockies are on the mend -- as Troy Tulowitzki took batting practice in Cincinnati on Friday and Todd Helton joined the team Saturday and was scheduled to take BP before the Reds-Rockies game for the first time since going on the disabled list on July 7 with a stiff back. However, rain at Great American Ball Park won't allow Helton to take batting practice on the field.

Helton said there was no timetable for his return, but a perfect case scenario would be him being activated on Monday in Florida when he is eligible to return, but when asked if that was realistic, he said, "I don't know. If I could hit 14 home runs in that game, that'd be good, too. Just to get out there and play would be good and hopefully help us win ballgames. I have no idea what they're thinking."

Helton said he didn't know if he'd have a rehab assignment or return directly to the team. He had an epidural before the All-Star break and that has given him relief.

"As far as standing here, yes, but I don't know about hitting a baseball," Helton said. "If I was a beat writer, I'd be fine."

I did point out to him that the job may be a little more physically demanding than he may be giving it credit for.

"I can see that by the specimen of athlete I see around me," Helton responded.

As for Tulowitzki, he's just as uncertain about his exact return to the club, but is excited about his progress from a broken bone in his left wrist. He took batting practice on Friday and had hoped to do so again on Saturday.

"I'm definitely getting closer, but at the same time, I don't want to rush anything," Tulowitzki said. "I want to do what I'm supposed to do every day and not do too much. It's tough to watch the club, even though they're playing well. It's tough watching, but sometimes at the same time you don't want to rush it. Talking to guys who have had similar injuries, it's better to take a couple of extra days rather than to rush it and have a set-back."

Tulowitzki could start a rehab assignment as soon as this week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 8:27 pm

Wrist injury healing nicely for Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki Troy Tulowitzki remains on schedule in his recovery from a chipped bone in his left wrist.

That's great news for the Rockies, currently scraping by with Clint Barmes (.247/.303/.398 in 253 plate appearances) at short and rookie Jonathan Herrera (.278/.297/.292 in 74 PA) taking over second.

Before getting hurt, Tulo was at an impressive .306/.375/.502 through 235 appearances. The 41-37 Rockies certainly need him returning as soon as possible to stay in the NL West hunt. That's still about a month away.

“It’s getting better. It’s not going fast enough for me, but it definitely is improving,” Tulowitzki said according to the Denver Post .

Tulowitzki only has to wear a brace at night as X-rays prove the wrist is healing as expected and is not moving. He has been able to play a little catch but has yet to graduate to swinging a bat. It's possible he could be named to the All-Star team via player ballot, although he would be unable to play.

-- Evan Brunell

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