Troy Tulowitzki undergoes groin surgery, out 6-8 weeks


Troy Tulowitzki underwent groin surgery today, as expected, and the Rockies shortstop has been given an initial return timetable of 6-8 weeks.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki is already able to walk around following the operation, which removed scar tissue that was irritating a nerve in his groin.

Returning in eight weeks would put Tulowitzki back in the lineup in mid-August, at which point the Rockies will likely have already been sellers at the trade deadline. In other words, there won’t be much motivation to rush him off the disabled list for the final month of the season if he experiences any kind of setback in the rehab process.

In the meantime Marco Scutaro takes over as the Rockies’ starting shortstop–perhaps auditioning for a stretch-run role with various contenders–and Chris Nelson is the primary second baseman.

Tulowitzki, who played an average of 134 games in his first five full seasons, hit .287 with eight homers and an .846 OPS in 47 games before being shut down.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.