Troy Tulowitzki met with a medical professional in regard to his hip flexor strain, an injury that put him on the disabled list last week. According to the Denver Post:
Tulowitzki would be eligible to return off the DL on Aug. 5. But in the meantime, he went to Philadelphia for to consult with the same doctor who performed a sports hernia surgery on the Rockies star in 2012.
There is no direct correlation being drawn between the two injuries, other than their relative location to one another in Tulowitzki's upper leg and torso. And though surgery is not being discussed, it is certainly on the minds of most Colorado fans; Tulowitzki played in just 47 games in 2012 and only 126 last season.
He is also in the middle of the best season of his career, hitting .340/.432/.603 with a league- and park-adjusted wRC+ of 172. He has long been speculated as the front runner for the National League MVP, and this injury presents a setback in what has become a string of setbacks for the Rockies this season.
Colorado is currently 43-60, fourteen games back of the Dodgers and only a half-game up on the Chicago Cubs - who have traded their two best starting pitchers, and are trying to trade a third - for the worst record in the National League. Despite getting a breakout performance from Charlie Blackmon and a resurgent year from Drew Stubbs (who is decidedly benefiting from the Coors Effect), the starting pitching has been injured or ineffective, and Carlos Gonzalez is having his worst professional season since joining the Rockies in 2009.
If Tulowitzki misses significant time, it would be the penultimate representation of bad luck befitting the Rockies season, and would be a dire shame for fans of the sport.