Troy Tulowitzki nearing rehab assignment for groin injury

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Troy Tulowitzki has been out for nearly three months with a groin injury that required surgery and the only thing the Rockies have left to play for is avoiding 100 losses, but the shortstop is still working his way back from the disabled list.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki took batting practice and fielded ground balls yesterday with the team in New York and will be examined by a specialist Wednesday to determine his next step.

If all goes well he could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as soon as this weekend, although presumably the Rockies won’t be rushing him back after just a few games.

Before being shut down in late May he hit .287 with eight homers and an .846 OPS in 47 games, essentially matching his overall career numbers.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”

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