Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki haven’t been in the Rockies’ lineup together since September 13 and that won’t change until next year.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez has been shut down for the season with a wrist injury and Tulowitzki is “available only in an emergency” due to hip problems. And since there aren’t many emergencies for a sub-.500 team playing the final series of the season with an expanded roster he might as well be shut down too.
Gonzalez got off to a slow start and wasn’t able to duplicate his monster 2010 production, seeing his OPS drop nearly 100 points while missing 35 games, but if you take his rough April out of the equation Gonzalez hit .311 with a .962 OPS in 103 games from May 1 on. Last season he hit .336 with a .974 OPS in 145 games overall.
Tulowitzki’s production has remained steady for the past three seasons, with OPS totals of .930, .949, and .916. Coors Field obviously boosts his raw numbers considerably, but during that three-year span his .931 OPS ranks eighth among all MLB hitters and first among shortstops by nearly 70 points over Hanley Ramirez.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.