Troy Tulowitzki could go out on rehab assignment next week

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It looks like the Rockies will be getting their star shortstop back very soon. Troy Tulowitzki, who has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a fractured right wrist, fielded ground balls and took some light batting practice before yesterday’s game against the Reds.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post that Tulowitzki could go out on a minor league rehab assignment as soon as next week.

“He’s making wonderful progress,” said Tracy. “By Sunday, we’ll see
where he’s at, if he needs to be with us for additional time vs.
starting to contemplate the possibility of going out on a rehab
assignment. He’s moving forward. We’ll see where he’s at toward the end
of the weekend.”

The Rockies have actually gone 15-8 since he last played, but the return of Tulowitzki will obviously be quite a boost for a team that is making a serious charge in the National League West. Tulowitzki was batting .306/.375/.502 with nine homers, 34 RBI, 47 runs scored and seven stolen bases before going on the disabled list.

The Cubs will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday

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The Cubs soundly defeated the Cardinals on Monday night, 10-2, sending their magic number down to one. They will try to clinch the NL Central on Tuesday with another win against the Cardinals. Alternatively, if they lose, they can still clinch if the Brewers also lose on Tuesday.

The Cubs, of course, won the Central last year en route to winning their first World Series since 1908. It wasn’t nearly as easy this year as the club was below .500 entering June and was exactly at .500 entering July. A 16-8 July, 17-12 August, and 15-8 September have helped put the Cubs back in position to return to the postseason.

Not to be forgotten, the Cardinals were eliminated from NL Central contention with Monday’s loss. Now they have their sights set on the second NL Wild Card slot and currently trail the Rockies in that race.

The matchups for Tuesday’s action:

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.