Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 30 because of a left groin injury that eventually required surgery.
But that will change early next week.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki is expected to return to the Rockies’ starting lineup on Monday night against the Giants. He’ll start at shortstop with impressive youngster Josh Rutledge sliding over to second base.
Tulowitzki was batting .287/.360/.486 with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 47 games before getting injured.
He will probably get several precautionary days off as Colorado wraps up its disappointing 2012 campaign.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.
Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.
Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.