Troy Tulowitzki is out of the Rockies’ lineup tonight, but the shortstop told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that his quadriceps injury “is not serious.”
Instead he’s merely “a little sore” and “have learned the hard way I can’t rush it.” However, according to Renck he’s likely to miss “the next few games.”
Tulowitzki missed nearly one-third of the season with a quadriceps injury in 2008, but it sounds like he may avoid the disabled list this time around. Counting tonight the Rockies have six games remaining in the first half, so if Tulowitzki can’t return before the break it’ll be interesting to see if he plays in the All-Star game or, unlike Placido Polanco, decides to take the time to rest for the second half.
Colorado is also without Carlos Gonzalez, who’s active but sidelined by a wrist injury, which is why the Rockies called up Ian Stewart from Triple-A.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.
McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).
McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.