This isn’t what you want to hear if you’re a Rockies fan.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Troy Tulowitzki will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to be evaluated for a possible sports hernia.
Tulowitzki’s injury was originally described as a left groin strain when he was placed on the disabled list at the end of May. It’s not clear if he actually has a sports hernia, but the Rockies are searching for answers after he suffered a setback in his very first minor league rehab game earlier this week.
Tulowitzki is scheduled to be examined Monday by Dr. Bill Meyers, who performed sports hernia surgery on Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton last November. If a sports hernia is confirmed and surgery is required, Saunders estimates that he would likely need 4-6 weeks before resuming baseball activities.
Tulowitzki is hitting .287/.360/.486 with eight home runs, 27 RBI and an .846 OPS through 47 games this season.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.