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DETROIT — Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will fly to Philadelphia on Monday for further evaluation of an injury in the left groin area that has kept him out of action since May 30, the club announced Friday.
Dr. William Meyers, a surgeon with extensive experience in sports hernia injuries, will look at Tulowitzki’s two previous MRI reports plus conduct his own evaluation. Meyers performed a sports hernia surgery on Rangers star Josh Hamiltion in November 2011. Meyers also has operated on football players Donovan McNabb and Jeremy Shockey, and hockey player Tomas Holmstrom.
It’s not certain if his injury is a sports hernia or which of the many types of sports hernia it may be and, if it is a sports hernia, it’s not a certainty that Tulowitzki will have surgery. Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger said Friday the club is acting on a recommendation to have another opinion on what is causing the pain and discomfort in the left groin area.
Tulowitzki’s current diagnosis is a left groin strain. The injury has bothered him since the first series of the year. Tulowitzki began an injury rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Colorado Springs but left after three innings when he felt pain in the area. Sports hernias are diagnosed almost exclusively in high-level male athletes, and usually occur with athletes who battle chronic groin pain.
The Rockies will play in Philadelphia Tuesday through Thursday. Tulowitzki’s evaluation will occur on the Rockies’ idle day on Monday.
Rockies left-handed pitcher Jorge De La Rosa was scheduled to fly to Denver on Saturday to have his left biceps check after tightness in the area flared during an injury rehab start in Salt Lake City on Friday night.
Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said he was not alarmed by the latest issue with De La Rosa, who is returning from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Last month, the Rockies halted De La Rosa’s rehab assignment because of forearm tightness, something that often flares during a return from elbow surgery.
De La Rosa gave up four runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings of Triple-A Colorado Springs’ 6-5 loss to Salt Lake. De La Rosa struck out three, walked one and totaled 62 pitches, 36 strikes.
“I don’t know [the extent of the problem] because I haven’t seen him yet, but it’s just tightness,” Dugger said. “It’s probably inflamed somewhere right around the elbow. We’ll see how it is.”
Through two starts of his current rehab assignment, De La Rosa has a 9.45 ERA. More to come on www.coloradorockies.com .
When a player is injured, the team’s head atheltic trainer knows more about the injury, rehab and chances of a comeback better than anyone, save for a doctor. Rockies head athetic trainer Keith Dugger was the first to see pitcher Juan Nicasio’s miracle return from a broken neck — which culminates with his start against the Astros on Sunday afternoon — coming.
Dugger watched in amazement during the winter as Nicasio, who suffered the injury (along with a fractured skull) when he was hit in the head with a line drive by the Nationals’ Ian Desmond and tumbled to the mound last Aug. 5, threw pitches in the Dominican Republic, with no effects from neck surgery and no referred pain in his muscles. When general manager Dan O’Dowd called and asked if Nicasio would be ready by June, Dugger was the first to say it could be long before that.
In Spring Training, Nicasio proved Dugger correct.
“I was more worried about Spring Training,” Dugger said. “But after that first comebacker [a line drive that buzzed past him in his first spring appearance], I knew we were home free.
“And I think once he gets through a start in Denver, back on the mound where he got injured, he’ll be completely over it.”
Manager Jim Tracy said Nicasio is “way past what happened.”
Nicasio will be backed by a lineup full of changes, as Dexter Fowler, Todd helton, Ramon Hernandez and Marco Scutaro rest.
Rockies batting order
Tyler Colvin, CF
Jordan Pacheco, 3B
Carlos Gonzalez, LF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Jason Giambi, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Wilin Rosario, C
Jonathan Herrera, 2B
Juan Nicasio, P
Jordan Schafer, CF
Jose Altuve, 2B
J.D. Martinez, LF
Carlos Lee, 1B
Brian Bogusevic, RF
Chris Johnson, 3B
Jason Castro, C
Marwin Gonzalez, SS
Bud Norris, P
– After hitting and taking groundball Friday, Rockies third baseman Casey Blake — who must prove he is healthy after neck surgery last year to hold onto a starting job — planned a full workout on Saturday with hopes of playing Sunday. Saturday will be the sixth straight day Blake has missed five days because of soreness in the trapezius muscle.
– Left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer was “virtually pain-free,” according to Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger, when he threw a bullpen session on Saturday morning. Moyer planed a long day of strengthening, flexibility and treatment after the session. Moyer had been scratched from a Minor League start on Friday.
– Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who left Thursday’s start with a blister on his right index finger, said Saturday morning he was about to throw a 30-35-pitch bullpen session. Chacin left his start Thursday with the ailment after throwing 44 pitches in three innings. He said he does not expect to have any problem making his next scheduled start, on Tuesday against the Padres at Peoria, Ariz.
– Chris Nelson, competing to step into the void at third base if Blake can’t answer the bell, will start Saturday against the Dodgers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Other players in the lineup needing big performances to make the squad are outfielders Eric Young Jr. and Andrew Brown, and catcher Wil Nieves.
– Rockies righty Drew Pomeranz threw 35-40 bullpen pitches Friday, will throw again on Sunday, and will start in a game on Wednesday. Pomeranz left his last start with right glute tightness.
ROCKIES RELIEF PITCHING
Dee Gordon, SS
Mark Ellis, 2B
Andre Ethier, RF
Adam Kennedy, 1B
Juan Uribe, 3B
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF
A.J. Ellis, C
Cory Sullivan, LF
Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
DODGERS RELIEF PITCHING
Alberto Castillo, LHP
Fernando Nieve, RHP
Will Savage, RHP
Ryan Tucker, RHP
Logan Bawcom, RHP
Brent Leach, LHP
Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa left Saturday night’s game against the D-backs in the top of the sixth, leading 3-0, with a blister to the middle finger of his pitching hand.
De La Rosa held the D-backs scoreless and struck out five, against three hits and a walk, in 5 1/3 innings at Coors Field. He also drove in a run with a fourth-inning single. De La Rosa threw strikes on 54 of his 87 pitches. No immediate announcement about the nature of the injury was made.
Last year, De La Rosa missed 12 starts with a torn sheath of a tendon on his left middle finger. De La Rosa also has dealt with finger blisters in the past.
It adds to a difficult start of the season for Rockies pitching. Ace Ubaldo Jimenez struggled with neither fastball velocity nor command of any of his pitches in Friday’s 7-6, 11-inning loss to the D-backs. A cut on his right thumb cuticle, a problem that flared once during Spring Training and cost him a start, was a culprit. It is unclear if he will make his next scheduled start, Thursday against the Pirates at PNC Park.
After throwing a pitch to Justin Upton with one out in the sixth, Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger visited the mound, and manager Jim Tracy removed De La Rosa and replaced him with Matt Belisle with little conversation.
As the Rockies left Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz., their backups in case a rotation member had to miss a start were right-handers Greg Reynolds, John Maine and Clayton Mortensen.
Maine won 17 games for the Mets in 2007. He looked ahead of schedule this spring in his recovery from a shoulder surgery last June. Reynolds fought shoulder and elbow issues last year and did not appear in the Majors. Mortensen came in a trade with the Athletics before Spring Training.
Rockies closer Huston Street hopes slowing down now will speed up his recovery from right shoulder tightness.
Street has twice had his throwing program shut down because of continued inflammation and tightness. But Street said Thursday that he believes the plan of action that head athletic trainer Keith Dugger has given him will have him throwing next week without future delays in his return.
Street said the inflammation has cause muscles to shut down and weaken. The result is he has felt better at times, but after throwing the tightness has returned.
“We fear if I ramp up the throwing, I’ll keep getting inflamed and it’ll be a long, circular process, so Dugger has me on a program to build it up,” Street said.
Street is on a program of exercise using cuff weights and manual exercises from muscles behind the shoulder. Once he has a solid base, he can add intensity at a high range, and return to throwing.
Street joined the Rockies in a trade with the Athletics before last season and converted 35-of-37 save opportunities. But he missed much of September with biceps tendinitis, and struggled with further shoulder problems throughout Spring Training. He will begin the season on the disabled list. Lefty Franklin Morales is the first option at closer, although manager Jim Tracy said he will use right-handers for certain matchups.
“I’ll start throwing, no set timetable, but I’m hoping by next week,” he said. “And we think because of the strengthening, it’ll move more quickly once I start.
“I get impatient and want to throw, but I have to trust them [the Rockies' training and medical personnel]. The got me back healthy last year, and will again this year.”
Rockies right-handed reliever Rafael Betancourt, who fell behind in his season preparation because of an illness, has suffered another slight setback — stiffness in his right shoulder.
Betancourt, the eighth-inning setup man, threw a live batting practice session on Wednesday but the shoulder tightened. He’s hoping to play catch on Saturday. No word on when he’ll be available for Cactus League action.
“We’re going to go on his timetable, not on our timetable,” Rockies pitching coach Bob Apodaca said.
Rockies right-handed closer Huston Street, who also has experienced tightness in his right shoulder, has thrown on flat ground the last two days, will play catch Saturday and could throw from the mound on Sunday, Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger said.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy bemoaned the bad luck of right-hander Greg Reynolds, the team’s top Draft choice in 2006. After dealing with shoulder and labrum issues for much of his career, Reynolds showed signs of health and sharpness early in camp. That is until a line drive crashed into his throwing arm just above the elbow on Monday, knocking Reynolds out of his first Cactus League appearance.
Prospect Chaz Roe will take his place against the Giants at Scottsdale on Friday.
“What was mentioned in the [staff] meeting this morning is prior to the line drive, is people who are much more aware of the situation than I am because they’ve seen him for a longer period of time, that Greg was throwing the ball as well and his mechanics were as sound as they’ve ever seen him,” Tracy said Tuesday. “It’s a little punch in the gut, obviously, from his stand point.”
Reynolds actually talked as if he had ducked a punch. X-rays showed a small chip above the elbow on the outside. If one is going to get hit with a screaming liner, and have a chipped bone, that’s not a bad place for it.
“It’s out of the joint, which is a good thing,” Reynolds said. “The chip would be bad if it’s inside the joint, inside the elbow. The good thing is it’s up above the elbow. Probably with a little bit of rest it will heal right back to the bone and not cause a problem.”
Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said he sent an MRI of the elbow via overnight mail to San Francisco, where it will be analyzed, possibly by Wednesday. Doctors will look for bone bleeding in the area.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler looked to have a smooth stride while running on the outfield grass at Coors Field on Thursday. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. Head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Fowler will increase his baseball activities on Friday.
Right-hander Aaron Cook played catch the last two days and took Thursday off. Dugger said there’s still a distance to go before Cook can throw a bullpen session and accelerate what he hopes is a return to the rotation before the end of the regular season.
Anyone who saw or heard Rockies left-hander Alan Embree’s right fibia pop when hit by a line drive from the braves’ Martin Pardo, then heard the diagnosis, figured Embree was gone for the season, no discussion.
Well, maybe not. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Embree will be walking around, without a cast, within three days. And …
“We won’t rule anything out,” Tracy said. “I don’t want to say anything any more specific other than the fact that Keith [Dugger, the Rockies' head athletic trainer] mentioned something to me about September. Let’s take it a day at a time, but that’s a fairly miraculous thing for me to be saying this afternoon after what we saw take place last night.”
Righty Matt Belisle is replacing Embree.