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.
The Royals are a game and a half out of the crazy AL Wild Card race — six games back of the Indians in the division — so they don’t have a huge margin for error. They got some bad news last night, though, that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes: closer Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning of last night’s win, forcing him out of the game.
Herrera walked the bases loaded, then went to a 2-0 count on the next batter before leaving the game. That last pitch was a fastball that clocked in at 91 m.p.h., which is NOT a typical Kelvin Herrera fastball. Herrera didn’t talk after the game but his teammate Sal Perez said that Herrera told him “I’m tight. I don’t feel my forearm.”
Reporters left the clubhouse before an official diagnosis or prognosis could be delivered, so expect an update some time today. If Herrera is out the closer duties could fall to Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer.
Albert Pujols had a big night last night, driving in four runs as the Angels beat the Rangers 10-1. Three of those runs came on a three-run homer. That was the 610th home run of Pujols’ career, snapping a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Sammy Sosa. It also made him baseball’s all-time leader for home runs by a player born outside the U.S.
Pujols was aware of the accomplishment, of course, and noted how honored he was after the game:
”It’s pretty special. Obviously, all the great players from the Dominican Republic, Latin America, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, they’ve gone through the big leagues and to be able to accomplish something like this is very humbling.”
After Sosa, who is from the Dominican Republic, comes Rafael Palmeiro (569); Manny Ramirez (555); David Ortiz (541); Carlos Delgado (473); Jose Canseco (462); Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera (459).