The Rockies are already without Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Nolan Arenado in their lineup, but now they might have to do without their star shortstop for a little while too, as Troy Tulowitzki was forced to exit last night’s game against the Giants with a right toe injury.
Tulowitzki came up hobbling as he was running up the first base line on a leadoff single in the top of the ninth inning. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, X-rays came back negative on the third metatarsal on his right foot and Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after the game that the early diagnosis is a “sprained toe.” It’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined.
Tulowitzki has been the game’s best player so far this season, batting .356/.449/.662 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI over over 64 games while playing quality defense at shortstop. It would be a shame to see another injury get in the way of him playing a full season. The 29-year-old hasn’t played more than 143 games in a season since 2009.
The Red Sox, who won the AL East last season with a 93-69 record, have under-performed so far this season, entering Wednesday’s action with just two more wins than losses at 23-21. The club hasn’t had a winning streak of more than two games since April 15-18. As a result, manager John Farrell may be on the hot seat, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Tuesday.
Beyond the mediocre record, Rosenthal cites two incidents that happened this season that caused Farrell’s stock to drop. The first was the brouhaha with the Orioles when Manny Machado slid into Dustin Pedroia at second base, causing Pedroia to suffer an injury. When reliever Matt Barnes intentionally threw a fastball at Machado, Pedroia was seen telling Machado, “It wasn’t me. It’s them.” The word “them,” of course, would ostensibly be referring to Barnes and Farrell.
The second incident happened last week when pitcher Drew Pomeranz challenged Farrell in the dugout after being removed with a pitch count of 97. Rosenthal suggests that some of Farrell’s players aren’t on the same page as the skipper.
Rosenthal also mentions that Farrell didn’t have the entire backing of the Red Sox clubhouse in 2013, when the club won the World Series. So the issues this year may not be unique; they may be part of a larger trend.
The biggest impediment in making a managerial change for the Red Sox is having a good candidate. After letting Torey Lovullo leave after last season to manage the Diamondbacks, the team’s two most likely interim candidates would be bench coach Gary DiSarcina and third base coach Brian Butterfield. DiSarcina has one year of managing experience above Single-A (Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013). Butterfield hasn’t managed in 15 years.