Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki took batting practice this week, a promising sign as he works his way back from a broken rib. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the session was successful and Tulo feels like he is close to returning.
Tulowitzki said the following about his progress:
I just have to let it go during b.p. I can’t baby it. I would like to be ready to go out on a rehab, and get back and help my team.”
There now appears to be a chance that Tulo would return before the All-Star break, which seemed unlikely at best not too long ago. The news has been nothing but positive so far as Tulowitzki heals and works his way back, and as long as that is the case there doesn’t seem to be any reason to be overly cautious about his return.
If there is anything even resembling a setback, however, there will be no sense rushing the injury-prone shortstop back into the lineup. After all, if Tulo were to return too soon and then re-injure himself that might be the final blow to a team already clinging to its spot in the standings. The Rockies do have extra days to work with thanks to the All-Star break if they need them.
That’s if things go awry. But assuming they don’t it looks like we might see Troy Tulowitzki back with the Rockies soon.