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.
The Nationals tried to keep Ian Desmond from being placed on the disabled list as he struggled through an oblique injury. Ultimately, that did not work and Desmond will be placed on the 15-day disabled list . An MRI revealed a torn left oblique muscle, an injury that has finally sent the All-Star shortstop to the disabled list. Desmond is expected to miss a large amount of time with the injury, as he will be rested for a full two weeks before the team re-evaluates him. It’s a big blow for the offensively-challenged Nationals and there is no timetable on when he’ll come back. A return in late August is probably the best-case scenario.