As September approaches, the Rockies are still waiting for two of their biggest name players to return to the roster. It just so happens that these two, Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi, also appear to be close buddies.
It is fitting that these two would go through each step of their rehab together, even if it is for distinctly different types of injuries. They work out together in the offseason in Las Vegas, home of Giambi’s nightclub and what Dexter Fowler and Nolan Arenado call “Camp Tulo.” They hang out together in the dugout. They film awkward videos about miscellaneous topics. such as the NCAA tournament, together. While you hate to see either of them hurt, let alone at the same time, this all feels oddly fitting. The duo will complete the next stage of their rehab together as well, moving on to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
While in Tulsa, each player appeared in 3 out of 4 games. On Saturday and Monday Giambi showed glimpses of the savvy veteran that we know him to be at this point. He went 0-1 with a walk on Saturday and 2-4 with 2 singles on Monday. As we have gotten to know Giambi over the years we know that those are good signs and that it is actually not a bad thing at all that he did not hit home runs or show signs of power yet. His value is in his ability to grind out singles and walks just as much as it is to bash gigantic homers.
Tulowitzki went 0-3 on Sunday, but then made a key contribution to the Drillers’ victory on Monday night, going 2-4 with a home run. His swing looks to be ready, so now he just needs to pass his last couple tests when it comes to playing on consecutive days and moving laterally. He will do so with the Sky Sox starting on Wednesday.
It seems that these two have done everything together this season; hopefully that will include helping this team get pointed the right direction in September.