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Tulowitzki (hip) ran the bases Monday and could play in games sooner than originally expected, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
He will not play in the Rockies' Cactus League Opener, but it sounds like he will be in the lineup for an exhibition game sooner than later. Fantasy owners will need to continue to monitor his status throughout spring training, but this certainly qualifies as good news.
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Tulowitzki (hip) is expected to begin running the bases next week, MLB.com reports.
Both Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez (knee) have been ruled out for the Rockies' Cactus League opener, but both players have been working out on the field without pain and manager Walt Weiss said the team has been "very encouraged" by their progress. Tulowitzki has been taking fielding practice -- he was even seen diving for a groundball Saturday morning -- and there's a chance he could be cleared to run the bases early in the week if all goes well.
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Tulowitzki (hip) reported to the Rockies' spring training complex Monday, the Denver Post reports. "I'm ready to go," Tulowitzki said. "As far as my schedule is concerned, I'm not too sure about it. Walt (Weiss) is the manager. I'll go at his pace, but it'll probably be slower than I'd like."
Returning from August hip surgery, Tulowitzki has progressed to hitting and fielding drills thus far. The next step will be running the bases again, although it's not immediately clear when he'll be able to progress to that activity. With six weeks before Opening Day, Tulowitzki has the benefit of plenty of time to progress through the final stages of his rehab with the hope of being ready to go when the season begins.
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Tulowitzki (hip) resumed infield work this week, MLB.com reports. "He's swinging fully, he's taking batting practice in the cage, and this week he's starting to add taking ground balls in the infield and really starting to ramp up the pure baseball activity," Rockies GM Jeff Bridich said.
Manager Walt Weiss said last month that Tulowitzki was ahead of schedule in his recovery from August hip surgery, and it sounds like the four-time All-Star is continuing to make steady progress. Tulowitzki was in Denver last week for a routine checkup and "everything's great," according to Bridich. It seems Tulowitzki is on track for spring training, though Weiss cautioned that both Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez (knee) likely won't play a lot in the Cactus League. "It's smart not to play these guys a lot in the spring, since I see them playing a lot during the season," Weiss said.
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Tulowitzki (hip) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from hip surgery and Rockies manager Walt Weiss isn't ruling out the possibility of having his star shortstop available for the start of spring training.
Speaking to reporters during a media session at the Winter Meetings, Weiss did not elaborate on the specifics of the original timetable for Tulowitzki's return. That he is ahead of schedule is undoubtedly a good sign, but until Tulowitzki is on the field in game action and without significant limitations, there will be a cloud of uncertainty regarding his expected workload at the beginning of the season.
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The Rockies are willing to listen to offers for Tulowitzki (hip), the Denver Post reports.
Nothing is imminent, but the Rockies are "keeping their eyes and ears open" for potential deals for their top starts, Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Of the two, Gonzalez seems more likely to be traded, with the team surprisingly extending Michael Cuddyer a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday. It does not appears Cuddyer would have a starting spot available unless a corner outfielder is moved this winter. Moreover, Gonzalez's contract is much more tradeable, as he's owed $53 million over the next three years, whereas Tulowitzki is owed $118 million through 2020 and would receive an additional $2 million assignment bonus if he's dealt. Tulowitzki's career OPS is over 140 points below his mark at Coors Field, and his health is a big question mark, but all that aside, there figures to be a couple teams that at least test the waters on a trade. He said Wednesday that his hip feels good and he is on schedule in his rehab.
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Tulowitzki (hip) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Monday.
Tulowitzki has progressed past the need for crutches after undergoing a procedure on his hip in mid-August that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training barring a setback in his rehab.
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Tulowitzki is no longer using crutches and should soon begin rehabbing his surgically-repaired hip, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Tulowitzki underwent the season-ending procedure on his hip in mid-April and fully expects to be available for the start of spring training. He doesn't think the injury will be something that might reemerge next season, citing that former teammate Todd Helton underwent a similar procedure after the 2012 season and returned the following spring without experiencing any pain.
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Tulowitzki (hip) was moved to the 60-day DL Tuesday, the Denver Post's Nick Groke reports.
He recently underwent season-ending surgery and will be under physician's care for the next 7-to-10 days, but he's expected to recover fully in time for spring training. The move to the 60-day DL was simply to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
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Tulowitzki (hip) will remain under physician's care in Vail, Colo. for the next seven-to-10 days after undergoing season-ending surgery Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Since it's already been established that Tulowitzki won't play again in 2014, the news doesn't have many immediate implications. Fantasy owners considering holding Tulowitzki in keeper leagues will surely want to track his offseason progress in his recovery from the surgery, though it's anticipated that he will be fully healthy for spring training. How long the oft-injured shortstop may stay healthy upon returning to action is anyone's guess.