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Troy Tulowitzki to DL with Strained Groin

April 27, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) during the second inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
April 27, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) during the second inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

The Colorado Rockies have placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on their 15-day disabled list, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Tulowitzki is dealing with a strained left groin, and the Rockies are optimistic the injury won’t be a long-term issue. To replace Tulowitzki, the Rockies have recalled third baseman Chris Nelson.

Tulowitzki felt a sharp pain in his groin while sprinting out of the batter’s box during the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s contest against the Houston Astros. The left groin has caused Tulowitzki discomfort since the beginning of the regular season, but it hasn’t cost him a trip to the DL until now.

On the year, Tulowitzki has hit at a clip of .287/.360/.486 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.

The Rockies shifted veteran middle infielder Marco Scutaro to short in place of Tulowitzki last night. Colorado will use Scutaro in combination with Nelson and DJ LeMahieu while Tulowitzki’s sidelined.

Colorado hasn’t yet received results of Thursday’s MRI, but they are encouraged by the way Tulowitzki responded a day after sustaining the injury. The Rockies are hoping that they caught the strain early enough that Tulowitzki won’t have to endure an extended stretch on the DL.