TULO WATCH 2014: Damaged Goods

SAN DIEGO — Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki — the National League leader in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage — will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip. Tulowitzki said he hopes the procedure will help put an end to a series of leg muscle injuries that have hampered the last seven years of his career.Dr. Marc Philippon, who has performed hip labrum procedures on numerous athletes, will do the arthroscopic operation Friday in Vail, Colo. Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said recovery time is five months, but Tulowitzki should be a go for Spring Training 2015.Since suffering a torn left quadriceps early in 2008, Tulowitzki, 29, has been compensating for left leg muscles that haven’t fired properly since. He battled groin problems near the 2011 All-Star break, and was limited t0 47 games in 2012 before undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue from his left groin.”I’m looking forward to getting back and playing the game I love,” Tulowitzki said Wednesday. “I will do everything I can to perform at a high level for the rest of my career. This should answer a lot of the leg issues I have had in my past.”Tulowitzki batted .340 with a .432 on-base percentage and a .603 slugging percentage before suffering a left hip flexor strain in Pittsburgh on July 19. Tulowitzki, going through extensive pregame and postgame routines for leg flexibility and maintenance, had played in 91 of the team’s 97 games at the time of the injury, and was hoping to shed the “injury prone” label. But since breaking in with the Rockies in August 2006, he has exceeded 150 games played just twice.

That’s it! I’m officially redacting my public support for a Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets deal. I know, it was a slim to none chance to begin with but now this can’t even be a discussion anymore. Tulo is damaged goods. He’s out. Done. He’ll still put up sick numbers but not even close to the price the Amazins would have to pay to get him. There’s nothing more frustrating than a guy who you’re paying over a hundred million dollars for, a guy who you give up top prospects for, a guy who I have now come to my senses and can see, a guy who is a black hole of a trade. Keep him away from New York. Keep him away from CitiField. If he’s missing this much time and has this much of an injury history away from flushing, he might never even play a game if he gets traded to the Mets. Think Jason Bay X100. No, probably worse because he’ll just be bitching the whole time about how he wants to play for the Yankees. He’s going to end up in the Bronx this offseason. That’s just a fact. So have fun basically signing the Dwayne Wade of baseball. I really can’t wait to see how this inevitably works out for them. 

Tulo once he steps foot in Citifield


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