Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki came up lame after running out an inning-ending grounder in the top of the fourth inning against the Pirates. MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports that Tulowitzki was seen grabbing his upper left leg before going back to the dugout. Josh Rutledge took Tulowitzki’s spot at shortstop for the bottom half of the inning.
Tulowitzki was the starting shortstop for the National League in the 2014 All-Star Game in Minnesota, and was the captain of the National League’s Home Run Derby squad. He has been having a fantastic season, leading the league in all three triple slash categories (.342/.434/.607) while hitting 21 home runs, driving in 52 runs, and playing stellar defense. Obviously, it’s a huge blow for the Rockies if Tulowitzki ends up going on the 15-day disabled list.
The exact injury is not yet known, but the Rockies should pass along more information shortly. We’ll update you here when that happens.
Update (9:20 PM ET): It’s a muscle cramp in his left thigh, per Harding.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.