Troy Tulowitzki will undergo surgery to remove scar tissue in his leg causing groin issues. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki Needs Groin Surgery

Troy Tulowitzki was so close to returning to the Major League club.  He was on rehab assignment when he

re-agrravated the groin injury that had sent him to the disabled list in the first place.  Now, it seems that groin injury is far worse than anyone expected.

The original injury was suffered on May 30th.  Since then, Tulowitzki had rehabbed and started a rehab assignment with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.  During a game with the Sky Sox on June 13th, Tulowitzki had to leave  after he felt the groin injury flare up.

Tulowitzki will undergo surgery today, and his return this season is uncertain.  The Rockies say he will miss at least eight weeks, but Jim Tracy said the actual timetable won’t be known until the surgery takes place.  According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the source of the pain and the injury is scar tissue, and that scar tissue needs to be cleaned up.

Tulowitzki will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue irritating a nerve in his groin, likely sidelining the two-time all-star shortstop for eight weeks.

Tulowitzki is a two-time All-Star, was second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2007, and has supplanted Todd Helton as the current face of the Rockies.  But he has struggled with injuries.  Tulowitzki has three previous major injuries since 2008.  He has had a torn quadriceps muscle, a broken wrist, and a lacerated hand in the past.  When healthy, Tulowitzki is a key component of the Rockies success.  Currently, Colorado is just 25-42.

At the time of the original injury, Tulowitzki was hitting .287/.360/.486 with 8 home runs.  In his career, he is a .292/.364/.504 hitter.

The team hopes he can return by August 18th.

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