Published on 27 July 2012
When Troy Tulowitzki had surgery in June to remove scar tissue from a nerve in his groin, he was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. This placed his return somewhere around mid-to-late August. Recently, not much has been reported on his progress, but reports surfaced on Thursday that the Rockies are considering shutting him down for the rest of the season. Fortunately for fantasy owners, those reports seem to be incorrect. Troy Renck of the Denver Post spoke with Tulowitzki, who said that he has begun hitting off a tee and continues to do light running. Tulo plans to increase his baseball activities as his body allows him to do it. So while there’s no clear timetable for his return, Tulo would like to play down the stretch to know where he is at heading into 2013.
While fantasy owners would be smart to keep Tulowitzki in a DL-spot, rookie Josh Rutledge will continue to fill in at shortstop. Rutledge is batting .356 (16-for-45) and provides fantasy owners with a little bit of everything. In his first 12 games with the Rockies, he has one homer, six RBI and three stolen bases. Rutledge will certainly be in the mix for a starting position next year. He’s well worth a look in deeper mixed formats right now.
In other fantasy news….
- Welcome Starling Marte! Marte wasted no time to hit his first major league home run. On the first pitch, he hammered from left-hander Dallas Keuchel over the fence in left-center field. Marte went on to add a single and finished 2-4. Marte earned this promotion from Triple-A Indianapolis after hitting .286 with 12 homers, 62 RBI, 21 stolen bases over 99 games this season. He swings at everything and the plate discipline needs work, so his transition to the majors might be a little bumpy, but it looks like the Pirates will continue to start him in left field and use him out of the leadoff spot. He is a five-tool athlete that should be an immediate add in NL-Only leagues and deep mixed leagues.
Matt Harvey made his debut as well on Thursday. He struck out 11 batters over 5 1/3 shutout innings in a 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Harvey allowed three hits and three walks while throwing 105 pitches. Harvey consistently was hitting the mid-90s with his fastball while his slider was absolutely nasty.
Francisco Rodriguez blew a pair of saves this week against the Phillies,which led Brewers manager Ron Roenicke to announce that he will utilize a closer-by-committee for the time being.
- As trade rumors are approaching a boil, Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin announced that he is having ongoing conversations with a number of teams involving Zack Greinke. It appears that Greinke will certainly be moved by the trade deadline.
Evan Longoria (hamstring) began a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Durham and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Carlos Santana continues to rack up hits since the All-Star Break. He hit another home run in Thursday’s win over the Tigers and is hitting .333 (14-for-42) with three homers and eight RBI since the break.
A.J. Burnett made it look pretty easy as he earned his 12th win Thursday by allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings against the Astros. Burnett continues to put together a solid campaign for the Pirates.
Edwin Encarnacion established a new career-high with his 27th homer Thursday. He has been mashing the ball all year and shows no signs of letting up.
James Shields racked up 10 strikeouts, but did allow five runs over six innings in a loss to the Orioles.