Troy Tulowitzki was forced on to the 15-day disabled list last night after suffering a left hip flexor strain, according to cbssports.com.
Colorado Rockies’s shortstop has been tipped as a possible MVP contender in recent weeks but his season has come to a halt and he is not expected to return to the active roster until mid-August.
Tulowitzki’s last appearance for the Rockies was July 19 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 29-year-old was running out after hitting a ground ball but pulled up at first base holding his left hip.
The shortstop exited the game at that point and the Rockies announced the extent of the injury last night. The four-time All-Star was named Home Run Derby Captain last week after having an impressive 2014.
Tulowitzki has scored 71 runs – 21 homers – and 52 RBIs from 91 games this season with a batting average of .340 and slugging stats of .603. He currently holds the 2014 season record for most runs (71) and best batting average (.340) but is likely to be overtaken while out injured.
He joins Justin Morneau (neck) and Michael Cuddyer (shoulder) on the Rockies Disabled List. Sadly for the shortstop, he is no stranger to his body breaking down.
According to cbssports.com, in the period between 2008-13 he played just 690 of 972 possible games due to wrist, groin, thumb and quad injuries among others. Depending how much of the season Tulowitzki misses, it will seriously effect his MVP chances but the Rockies man will keep fighting to get back on the field.
Despite Colorado possessing one of the strongest batters in the MLB, it has done nothing for their fortunes in the NL West division. The Rockies currently sit bottom of their division with the joint-worst season record, 40-60, along with American League West division stragglers Texas Rangers.
Colorado have lost seven in a row, including last night’s 7-4 defeat against the Washington Nationals.