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Troy Tulowitzki is Poised for a Big Season

Posted by Jen on
January 26th, 2015

Good news, Colorado Rockies fans! Troy Tulowitzki is getting ever closer to a return to the diamond after undergoing hip surgery last year. Despite constant rumors that Tulo will be shipped out of town as part of a Rockies rebuild, no trade was close and he’ll remain in Denver for at least the first half of 2015 and, if a bet had to be made, all season. Can Tulowitzki put all the injuries and the trade rumors behind him and have a MVP caliber season? Yes, yes and yes.

Tulo has always been a true professional, so the trade speculation shouldn’t bother him much. Every player of a certain caliber on a losing team will hear his name mentioned in those rumors come July or the offseason, when transactions of this sort happen. No trade will happen, as I’m sure Troy is aware of, so it shouldn’t really bother him enough to effect his play on the field.

The injuries will be a much tougher hurdle to clear. He was limited to just 91 games last season with the hip injury, and we all know how injuries have cost him hundreds of games throughout his career. Staying healthy has to be the main objective for Tulo in 2015, as the Rockies can’t get close to .500 without him on the diamond.

The good news, now, is that Troy has been hearing all of this for the last couple of offseasons. Shutting critics up is perhaps the greatest motivator in all of sports, and he’ll have that in spades this go round. An angry ballplayer is a good ballplayer. And when that angry ballplayer is already one of the very best players in the Major Leagues, you’ve got an MVP candidate on your hands.

If the Colorado Rockies get to .500 or above this coming season, Troy Tulowitzki will have played a huge role in their success. And unless someone in the NL goes absolutely berserk with the bat, Tulo may very well finish the season with the trophy in his hands.

Source: Sports Media 101

Both Rockies stars expected to be ready for Spring Training
DENVER — These cold January days are, in an important way, the brightest the Rockies have seen in some time. That’s because shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez are back on the field hitting, throwing and, in Tulowitzki’s case, fielding.

At close to the same time in August, Tulowitzki underwent surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum and Gonzalez had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee. Now doctors have cleared both Rockies All-Stars for activity.

“Tulo was in Denver last week just for a couple days for a routine checkup on his progress, and everything’s great,” Rockies senior vice president and general manager Jeff Bridich said. “He’s swinging fully, he’s taking full batting practice in the cage, and this week he’s starting to add taking ground balls in the infield and really starting to ramp up the pure baseball activity.”

Gonzalez revealed to a reporter from his native Venezuela this week that he has been cleared for on-field batting practice and straight-ahead running, and the star slugger will be allowed to change directions when Spring Training begins.

“In terms of being on schedule and recovering well, they’re really not having any hiccups — knock on wood. CarGo is in town right now,” said Bridich, who added that Gonzalez’s left index finger, where a benign tumor was removed last year, also has healed and the outfielder is throwing. “He’s going through the routine check-ins, and he’s exactly on schedule. We’re hopeful to get him on the field sometime soon. Obviously, it’s winter here, so it’s tough.”

Both Rockies stars are expected to attend Saturday’s Rockies Fest at Coors Field, but they will soon head back to better weather. Tulowitzki lives in Las Vegas, while Gonzalez resides in Orlando, Fla.

But don’t expect a large amount of activity from either during Spring Training games, especially early.

“It’s smart not to play these guys a lot in the spring, since I see them playing a lot during the season,” manager Walt Weiss said.

Bridich added, “Even if these guys were fully healthy and there were no issues with offseason rehab or anything like that, they’re starting to get into a period of their careers and lives where they can focus on working smarter rather than harder or longer.”

Source: MLB.com

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Charlie Monfort, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies, smiled when The Post told him of the many Mets fans who would love to see Troy Tulowitzki get traded to Citi Field.

“It’s not happening,” Monfort responded.

Even as Tulowitzki has sent passive-aggressive signs that he wouldn’t mind leaving the team that drafted and developed him, the Rockies’ leaders, with both their actions and their words, have displayed how reluctant they are to deal their franchise player. Monfort re-enforced that notion Thursday at the Major League Baseball owners’ meetings.

“I can’t speak for him, but yeah, we want him,” Monfort said. “I think he’s strong and he’s worked hard and he’ll be back. He’ll be Tulo of old.”

The Mets and Rockies have engaged in trade discussions this winter, yet they haven’t progressed because Colorado has asked for significant talent in return, including current major-leaguers as well as young pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, and has not offered to pick up any of the $118 million that Tulowitzki has guaranteed through 2020.

Tulowitzki underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, and his durability has been his greatest liability in recent seasons.

Source: New York Post

Despite two major surgeries to his left hip and groin area in the past two years, despite the torn left quadriceps he sustained in 2008, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has no intention of switching positions.

“No, I won’t move,” he said in a phone interview. “I will retire before I move.”

Not to third base? Not to first base, a position that could save him from wear and tear and possibly prolong his career?

“No. It’s just who I am, it’s what I do, it’s what I have dreamed of as a kid,” said Tulowitzki, 29. “It’s all I know and it’s all I’ve ever worked for. So I guess when you have a dream and you accomplish it and someone tries to take it away from you … it wouldn’t be worth it for me to try and move somewhere else.”

Tulowitzki, considered the game’s best all-round shortstop — when healthy — will be due $118 million after this season on a contract that runs through 2020, with a club option for 2021.

Two weeks after undergoing surgery in Vail to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, Tulowitzki is still on crutches. Though he’s been cleared to ride a stationary bike, he’ll be hobbling around on crutches for another week. According to Rockies trainer Keith Dugger, Tulo’s hip operation was a success and puts him on pace to be ready for spring training.

“The hope is that fixing the labrum kind of stabilizes my hip so that it’s not the weakest link in my body, because the labrum was torn,” Tulowitzki said. “Maybe those muscles in my legs, which have been working so hard … can actually breathe now. I hope this works, so (the muscles) don’t have to take the brunt of the work.”

Rockies icon Todd Helton underwent a similar surgery in 2012 and his hip was pain free during his final season in 2013.

“I talked to Todd, that gave me some peace of mind,” Tulowitzki said. “We had some similarities in our hip, though maybe we didn’t have the same issues going on.”

Despite his many injury setbacks, Tulo remains convinced he can return to play shortstop at the level that earned him two Gold Gloves. During the first half of the season, Tulowitzki was being mentioned as a possible National League MVP candidate. He led all NL players in fan voting for the All-Star Game, garnering 5,349,456 votes. He also was captain of the NL’s Home Run Derby squad.

“I have always said that if I was playing (shortstop) and I wasn’t effective, then switching would be something I would talk about if I was hurting the team,” the four-time all-star said. “But for me, I am not even thinking about it, because I still think I have a lot of years left playing that position at a high level.”

After becoming a rookie sensation in 2007 and helping lead the Rockies to their only World Series, leg injuries became Tulo’s nemesis. Since suffering a torn left quadriceps early in 2008, Tulowitzki has been compensating for issues with muscles in his left leg. He battled groin problems near the 2011 all-star break, and was limited to 47 games in 2012 before undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue from his left groin.

Since breaking in with the Rockies in August 2006, he has exceeded 150 games played just twice, in 2007 and 2009, both playoff seasons for the Rockies.

This season, by sticking to an intense pregame and postgame routine for flexibility and maintenance, he played in 91 of Colorado’s first 97 games before yet another injury. He was on track for possibly the best season of his career. He was batting .340 with 21 home runs, a .432 on-base percentage and a .603 slugging percentage before suffering a left hip flexor strain while running out a groundball in Pittsburgh on July 19.

Tulowitzki underwent a dry needling procedure July 28 in Philadelphia. It was performed by leg and core muscle specialist Dr. William C. Meyers, and Tulo was hopeful the procedure would accelerate the healing process. Tulowitzki rejoined the Rockies and took batting practice, but there still was discomfort when he ran or worked on his fielding. At that point the Rockies shut him down for the season.

Surgery, he’s convinced, was the best option.

Although Tulo’s been able to spend more time with his wife, Danyll, and their 7-month-old son, Taz, of late he gets restless watching Rockies games on TV.

“Once I’m back moving around and we see the benefits of the surgery, it will put me in a little bit better mood,” he said. “But there is no doubt it’s tough to take when you see that your team is still out there playing games. You wish you could be out there with them and help them win.

“They are doing what you love to do. It’s not easy, but I keep on thinking about spring training and it can’t come quick enough. I will be out there soon and hopefully feeling better than ever.”

Source: The Denver Post

PITTSBURGH — Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies look forward with Friday night’s second-half opener, hoping for a stunning comeback from a rough first half. But it’s a good time to look back at an impressive All-Star break for Tulowitzki.

With the Rockies at 40-55, being in Minneapolis with the game’s stars gave media from coast to coast a chance to question Tulowitzki whether he was willing to keep believing in the Rockies or force a trade. Tulowitzki held to his statement that it’s unlikely anything would happen before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and if there isn’t a turnaround, he would talk to the Rockies at season’s end.

He gave everyone a little something. If you want to believe he deep down wants to replace role model Derek Jeter with the Yankees, you could piece that together. If you believe he’s going to follow the path of the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday and work his way to a traditional contending market, it was there. If you believe that he wants to stay with the Rockies for the long haul, as long as they don’t go into full rebuilding mode, there was plenty of fuel.

Here’s a look at some of Tulowitkzi’s issues and answers of All-Star Weekend:

On handling the questions: “It’s easy for me, because I go out there and prepare in a similar way no matter who I am playing for. I want to do the same thing, so I won’t really care about the questions. If what’s ever on my table that day, that’s what I’m going to attend to.”

In response to a New York Post mention of a shortstop opening with the Yankees in 2014: “No doubt, I think everybody knows that. Everybody wants that perfect story, whoever it may be. Whether it’s me or somebody else who took over for Derek, no doubt, it makes for a great story.

“But right now it’s just talk until it gets closer to happening in the offseason. I think I’m not going to comment on that further. I think it’s one of those things [where] right now, I’m just about the second half of the season.”

To a St. Louis Post-Dispatch question about his relationship with Holliday, whom the Rockies traded to the Athletics (who later sent him to the Cards) when he didn’t commit long term: One of the things I enjoy is that I not only look up to him as a baseball player, but also as a person. He has taught me how to be a better father and just someone who tries to make the right decisions. I owe a lot to him.

“We have had a lot of similarities. We played in the same organization, obviously. But it’s different, with him having to leave. I have talked to him, but at the same time, I signed up with the Rockies longer than he had ever done. So we are in different situations. I think he understands that. More than anything, we talk about the game of baseball, not so much trade rumors and things like that.”

On his patience level after seeing the Rockies struggle since making the playoffs in 2007 and ’09: “Yeah, I got a reminder from my dad. We were both big Miami Dolphins fans and Dan Marnio made it to the Super Bowl his rookie year and I remember by dad saying, “You see this right here? That is one of the best quarterbacks ever and the only time he made it to the Super Bowl was in his rookie year.” So he tried to compare it to me making the World Series my rookie year, and sure enough, eight or nine years later we haven’t made it back and that gave me a reminder of how special that time was. So I never took it for granted.”

On whether a big market can bring happiness: “For me, it’s not about the market I’m in, it’s about winning. It’s about wherever I get the best chance to win. Hopefully that is in Colorado, but if they feel like they have to go in a different direction and get young and that’s where the organization is headed, then they will have to sit me down to talk about that. I would talk with them in the offseason.”

Source: MLB.com