As the final weeks of the season approach and the Colorado Rockies tune things up for Opening Day, there is a single story line that stands above the rest in terms of importance.
Troy Tulowitzki‘s ability to stay healthy.
As Tulo works his way back from a calf bruise sustained against the Arizona Diamondbacks when Wade Miley hit him with a pitch, it sounds like things are going well. Barring any setbacks, Tulo sounds like he will be ready for Opening Day (quotes from MLB.com):
It feels pretty good, just normal inflammation and bruises, so we’re trying to get that inflammation and fluid out of there…Once that is done, I’ll be back on the field.
If I had a timetable, I know I’m not in there today, possibly tomorrow. If not tomorrow, I know we have an off-day [Tuesday], so coming off that off-day would be the day. If I was ready, I’d be in there, but I’m not ready yet.”
Not all injuries are created equal, and this does not seem like the type of injury that signals a return of Tulo’s injury prone past. If that’s the case, Tulo should be able to finish resting the injury and be good to go for the 2014 season.