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.
Aaron Boone has no experience as a coach or a manager at any level. As such, some have speculated that he’d hire a more seasoned hand as his bench coach as he begins his first season as Yankees manager. Someone like, say, Eric Wedge, who was a candidate for the job Boone got and who once managed Boone in Cleveland.
Nope. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, he’s going with Josh Bard.
Bard, 39, was a teammate of Boone’s with the Indians in 2005. He’s not without coaching experience, having spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach, but he’s not that Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer-type we often see in the bench coach role.
Which is fine because different managers want different things from their bench coach. Some are strategy guys, helping with in-game decision making. Others are relationship guys who help managers understand all of the dynamics of the clubhouse while they’re worrying more about lineups and stuff. Others are trust guys, who can serve as the manager’s sounding board, among other things. Some are combinations of all of these things. As Feinsand notes in his story, Boone said at his introductory press conference that he’s looking for this:
“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. Whether that is a guy with all kinds of experience or little experience. I am not concerned about that.”