Troy Tulowitzki has been out for nearly three months with a groin injury that required surgery and the only thing the Rockies have left to play for is avoiding 100 losses, but the shortstop is still working his way back from the disabled list.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki took batting practice and fielded ground balls yesterday with the team in New York and will be examined by a specialist Wednesday to determine his next step.
If all goes well he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend, although presumably the Rockies won’t be rushing him back after just a few games.
Before being shut down in late May he hit .287 with eight homers and an .846 OPS in 47 games, essentially matching his overall career numbers.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.