Troy Tulowitzki to begin playing in rehab games Wednesday

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post has the good news:

Rockies’ two-time all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday in Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s likely to play two-to-three games with Sky Sox, leaving him in position to join the Rockies over the weekend in Detroit or Tuesday for the opening of the series against the Phillies.

Tulowitzki has been on the disabled list since the final day of May with a strained left groin muscle.

The 27-year-old was batting .287/.360/.486 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 47 games before the injury.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.