--SS Troy Tulowitzki underwent successful arthroscopic surgery in Philadelphia for removal of scar tissue irritating a nerve in his left groin. Tulowitzki will be out at least six weeks, but the Rockies are planning on an eight-week absence. After spending the night in Philadelphia, Tulowitzki is scheduled to walk a mile on a treadmill Friday with trainer Keith Dugger monitoring. Manager Jim Tracy said rest and exercises would occupy Tulowitzki the next three weeks before he begins baseball activities.
He last played for the Rockies on May 30 and is hitting .287 with eight homers and 27 RBI. At the time of his injury, Tulowitzki had gone 14-for-36 (.389) with four doubles, four homers, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored in his last nine games.
--The Rockies would like to get five innings from their starter now that they have gone to a four-man rotation with a 75-pitch limit. LHP Jeff Francis became the first starter to go that far since the Rockies implemented their rotation changes Tuesday. He gave up a leadoff homer to Jimmy Rollins and had to throw 27 pitches in the first. But Francis did not allow another run and made it through five innings on 76 pitches, including 48 strikes, before being lifted. In losses in the first two games of the series at Philadelphia, LHP Josh Outman threw 72 pitches in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday and RHP Alex White threw 75 pitches in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday.
Francis retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced. When manager Jim Tracy was asked whether he considered leaving Francis in the game, he said, "No, and the reason why is if we're going to find out about this, we have to continue to do it."
Francis said of the pitch limit, "It was on my mind, but I just tried to throw more strikes."
--LF Carlos Gonzalez went 0-for-4 and didn't hit the ball out of the infield, ending his eight-game hitting streak. During the streak, he went 16-for-36 (.444) with two doubles, three homers, six RBI and six runs scored. Gonzalez had gone 8-for-13 on the road trip before Thursday, playing in three of the first five games. Gonzalez was caught stealing for the first time Thursday after being successful on his first 10 stolen base attempts.
--RHP Josh Roenicke had been scored upon in three straight games -- allowing eight hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings -- before Thursday when he pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and ended up the winning pitcher. Roenicke made his ninth appearance of the month and first in a game the Rockies won.
--RHP Rafael Betancourt retired the three batters he faced and struck out the last two to earn his 11th save, one night after suffering his third blown save of the season and second in as many save opportunities. Betancourt had not allowed a run on the road this season before Wednesday, when he blew a save and took the loss as he yielded two runs, one earned, in the ninth at Philadelphia. Before that outing, Betancourt had made 10 scoreless appearances and had allowed four innings in 10 innings on the road.
--3B Nolan Arenado and LHP Edwar Cabrera from Double-A Tulsa were chosen to play in the Futures Game on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City as part of the All-Star Game festivities. Cabrera, 24, who will play for the World team, is 7-4 with a 2.97 ERA and 22 walks and 73 strikeouts in 91 innings and has limited opposing hitters to a .185 average. Arenado, 21, who will play for the U.S. team, is hitting .293 with seven homers and 36 RBI.
--The Rockies open a three-game series Friday against the Rangers, whom they last played in 2006 and last played on the road in 2001. Colorado is 10-9 all-time against Texas and 3-5 on the road.
BY THE NUMBERS
6 -- Inherited runners stranded by LHP Rex Brothers in his last three games. He entered Thursday's game in the seventh with one out and a runner on first and got Jimmy Rollins to ground into a double play. In 10 games since he returned from Triple-A on June 2, Brothers has allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, in 8 2/3 innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We know that he has peace of mind in knowing that what it was that he was dealing with is now fixed, and the time frame is not longer than initially anticipated after doing the tests and looking at MRIs and things like that. We're very encouraged in relation to the news that we got."
-- Manager Jim Tracy on SS Troy Tulowitzki, who underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue that was irritating a nerve in his left groin and is expected to be out at least six weeks.
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