Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki came up lame after running out an inning-ending grounder in the top of the fourth inning against the Pirates. MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports that Tulowitzki was seen grabbing his upper left leg before going back to the dugout. Josh Rutledge took Tulowitzki’s spot at shortstop for the bottom half of the inning.
Tulowitzki was the starting shortstop for the National League in the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota, and was the captain of the National League’s Home Run Derby squad. He has been having a fantastic season, leading the league in all three triple slash categories (.342/.434/.607) while hitting 21 home runs, driving in 52 runs, and playing stellar defense. Obviously, it’s a huge blow for the Rockies if Tulowitzki ends up going on the 15-day disabled list.
The exact injury is not yet known, but the Rockies should pass along more information shortly. We’ll update you here when that happens.
Update (9:20 PM ET): It’s a muscle cramp in his left thigh, per Harding.
Mets’ left-hander Steven Matz will miss his Grapefruit League appearance on Monday after experiencing soreness in his left elbow, according to a report by Mike Puma of the New York Post. Matz reportedly first felt discomfort in his elbow on Wednesday after pitching four innings against the Marlins, but a medical evaluation revealed no structural damage.
Still, it’s unsettling news for the 25-year-old, who is coming off of an injury-riddled 2016 season. Matz pitched to a 3.40 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 8.8 SO/9 during his sophomore campaign with the Mets, but his success was hampered by a bevy of shoulder and elbow issues that culminated in season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.
Comments from Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson indicated that while the club doesn’t believe anything is significantly wrong with Matz’s elbow this time around, the setback could have an impact on his chances of cracking the Opening Day roster. Until he’s cleared to return to the mound, the club is expected to take a longer look at rotation candidates Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler and Seth Lugo.
Dodgers’ left fielder Andrew Toles crushed his first spring training home run on Saturday afternoon. With the bases loaded and a two-run deficit hanging over their heads in the fourth inning, Toles stepped up to the plate against Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn and unloaded a grand slam on the second pitch he saw.
Third baseman Justin Turner was quick to follow up with a solo jack of his own, bringing the score to a comfortable 7-4 lead by the end of the fourth. Another three-run outburst in the fifth and an eighth-inning RBI single by Austin Barnes raised the final score to 11-6… which, coincidentally, was the same score the Reds used to defeat the Athletics’ second split-squad lineup on Saturday (albeit with a few more RBI walks than grand slams).
Toles, 24, is approaching his sophomore season with the Dodgers in 2017. He slashed .314/.365/.505 with three home runs and an .870 OPS in his first major league season in 2016 and is expected to platoon with the right-handed Franklin Gutierrez in left field this year.