The Rockies, flying high atop the NL West with a 15-9 record, were deflated in this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks as their star shortstop left this afternoon’s game due to a left shoulder strain. Tulowitzki slid into home plate awkwardly in the top of the first inning and made contact with Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero. He was replaced in the bottom of the third by Jonathan Herrera.
Tulowitzki is relieved his injury isn’t serious.
Along with great defense, Tulowitzki had been very productive at the plate with a .312 average and six home runs, so the Rockies are happy they won’t be losing his bat for any significant amount of time. They know that story well after losing him for the final four months last season due to a groin injury.
Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, the club announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, third baseman Pablo Sandoval was shifted to the 60-day disabled list, where he’ll remain for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right hamstring. Right-handed reliever Dereck Rodriguez has also been placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a hamstring strain during Tuesday’s brawl against the Dodgers.
Strickland, 29, had been shelved with a fractured right hand since mid-June. The right-hander sustained the injury after punching a door and underwent surgery to repair the fifth metacarpal in his pitching hand. He only missed the minimum after making a speedy recovery, however, and finished his recent rehab stint with 5 2/3 innings of two-run, 10-strikeout ball for the Giants’ rookie, High-A and Triple-A affiliates.
Prior to the incident, Strickland logged 13 saves in 28 opportunities with a 2.84 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 34 appearances. According to comments from club skipper Bruce Bochy, the Giants don’t plan on wasting any time before deploying their former closer, but will make him available in high-leverage situations as soon as possible. It’s worth noting, too, that the team still has a viable closer in lefty reliever Will Smith, who picked up 10 saves and engineered a 3.10 ERA, 1.8 BB/9 and 12.8 SO/9 in 20 1/3 innings since Strickland landed on the DL this summer.