On the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain, it’s been an eventful weekend for Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
The team botched a shirsey giveaway for their face of the franchise, handing out 15,000 shirts at Saturday’s game with Tulo’s name misspelled. They received plenty of criticism on social media for the gaffe, but have already announced plans to allow fans to exchange the shirts for correct ones.
Following Saturday’s game, the team also revealed that Tulowitzki had flown to Philadelphia to seek a second opinion on his ailing hip. Tulo saw Dr. William C. Myers, a specialist in upper leg muscle and core injuries who has previously operated on the shortstop, according to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding. Harding later added (via Twitter) that Tulowitzki underwent what is called a dry needling procedure, which is meant to stimulate healing.
The Rockies have yet to place a timetable on when their star shortstop may return. It remains to be seen if this trip to Philadelphia will have any substantial impact on their plans.
As if that wasn’t enough, Tulowitzki was also spotted Sunday in attendance at the New York Yankees game against the Toronto Blue Jays. While there is little preventing a player from attending a public sporting event, it’s highly unusual for a player on the disabled list to be in attendance at another game his team is not playing in. Naturally the situation blew up far more than necessary, including fueling speculation that he has in fact grown frustrated with the Rockies’ direction and would welcome a trade.
Tulowitzki is the face of the Rockies franchise and it’s hard to fathom the organization trading him in the near future. He was on pace to be a favorite for the NL MVP Award this season before the injury and the organization has to be hoping that he’ll return to the lineup sooner rather than later to continue that pace. Hopefully for them, weekends as eventful as this one will prove to be few and far between.