Troy Tulowitzki smiles a little more each day as he works his way back from his groin surgery.
Before Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals, Tulo took live batting practice with his teammates. That’s a big step as he works his way back, hoping to rejoin the team in August.
Tulo admits he’s been going a little bit stir crazy without his daily baseball fix, but taking swings in the cage will help ease that a bit.
In other news, lefty Christian Friedrich will miss his scheduled start on Thursday, being pushed back to Sunday. The Rockies have not announced who will start in Thursday’s series finale against the Cardinals. According to manager Jim Tracy, Friedrich is a little worn down and has felt some tightness in his lower back. Friedrich has an 8.11 ERA in five starts in July.
So who pitches Thursday in place of Friedrich? Tracy wouldn’t say, but here’s an intriguing possibility: Reliever Josh Roenicke, who’s pitched so well in the “piggyback” role out of the bullpen. Roenicke (3-0, 2.48) has never been a starter, but he said he would welcome the chance.
“I sure wouldn’t say no if they asked me,” he said.
Other possibilities for the Thursday start could include reliever Carlos Torres or Alex White, who’s shown improvement pitching at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He last pitched on Saturday for the Sky Sox, throwing eight impressive innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four.
Finally, center fielder Dexter Fowler was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup because of flu-like symptoms. Eric Young Jr. takes Fowler’s spot in center and hits leadoff.
Source: The Denver Post