Rockies will activate Fowler, likely to activate Tulowitzki on Thursday

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Dexter Fowler (right) and Troy Tulowitzki are close to returning to the Rockies. (USATSI)
Dexter Fowler (right) and Troy Tulowitzki are close to returning to the Rockies. (USATSI)

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The Rockies are about to get a big boost. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports center fielder Dexter Fowler will be activated off the 15-day DL on Thursday, and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is likely to be activated as well. Tulowitzki will work out with the team before a move is made.

Fowler, 27, has missed a bit more than two weeks with a bone bruise in his right hand. He appeared in two minor-league rehab games with the team's Triple-A Colorado Springs affiliate, going 0-for-6 with three walks and two strikeouts. Before the injury, Fowler was hitting .291/.390/.473 (122 OPS+) with 10 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 70 games.

Tulowitzki, 28, has been sidelined about a month with a broken rib on the right side. In a pair of Triple-A rehab games, he went 4-for-5 with a walk. Tulowitzki was hitting .347/.413/.635 (166 OPS+) with 16 homers in 61 games before the injury. He was voted the NL's starting shortstop in next week's All-Star Game, but Renck says he won't play in the game unless he plays for Colorado first.

The Rockies came into play Wednesday with a 43-48 record, good for third place in the NL West. They have lost 18 of their last 26 games, though, averaging just 3.4 runs per game. Getting Fowler and Tulowitzki back will be huge helps both offensively and defensively.

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