Troy Tulowitzki cleared to begin rehab assignment

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Troy Tulowitzki flew to Philadelphia to be examined by the doctor who performed his groin surgery on June 21 and has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Tulowitzki will likely begin playing at Double-A this weekend, although nothing is official yet. He hasn’t seen game action since May 30, but fielded ground balls and took batting practice with the Rockies recently without any issues.

His return won’t do much for the Rockies beyond helping them avoid 100 losses, but finishing the season strong and heading into the offseason healthy would be a nice way to end a rough year for everyone involved.

Brewers promote David Stearns from GM to president of baseball operations

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It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”

Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.

Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.

The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.