This isn’t what you want to hear if you’re a Rockies fan.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Troy Tulowitzki will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to be evaluated for a possible sports hernia.
Tulowitzki’s injury was originally described as a left groin strain when he was placed on the disabled list at the end of May. It’s not clear if he actually has a sports hernia, but the Rockies are searching for answers after he suffered a setback in his very first minor league rehab game earlier this week.
Tulowitzki is scheduled to be examined Monday by Dr. Bill Meyers, who performed sports hernia surgery on Rangers’ outfielder Josh Hamilton last November. If a sports hernia is confirmed and surgery is required, Saunders estimates that he would likely need 4-6 weeks before resuming baseball activities.
Tulowitzki is hitting .287/.360/.486 with eight home runs, 27 RBI and an .846 OPS through 47 games this season.
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.
The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.
Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.