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MVP candidate Troy Tulowitzki placed on 15-day DL with hip strain

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

A hip injury will hurt Troy Tulowitzki's MVP candidacy.
A hip injury will hurt Troy Tulowitzki's MVP candidacy. (USATSI)

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The Rockies have placed star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain, the team announced. He left a game holding his hip after running out a ground ball a few days ago.

Tulowitzki, unfortunately, is no stranger to the disabled list. He played in only 690 of 972 possible games from 2008-13 due to wrist, groin, thumb and quad injuries, among other things. Tulo last played 130 games in 2011 and has only done it once since 2009.

In 91 games this year, the 29-year-old Tulowitzki leads the league in batting average (.340), on-base percentage (.432) and slugging percentage (.603). He's also hit 21 home runs and leads baseball with 71 runs scored. The injury will take a bite out of his MVP chances, no doubt.

The Rockies come into Tuesday in last place in the NL West at 40-59. They've gone 18-45 in their last 64 games following a hot strart to the season.

Colorado is currently without Justin Morneau (neck) and Michael Cuddyer (shoulder) as well.

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