DENVER (AP) — Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies because of a left hip flexor strain.
The 29-year-old All-Star shortstop was hurt while running out a grounder at Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He was held out of the next two games before being placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Sunday.
This is Tulowitzki's first trip to the disabled list this season but he has taken days off to rest his chronically tight legs. The leg issues date to 2008 when he tore the left quadriceps tendon.
"That '08 injury really put me behind the eight-ball because when you completely tear a muscle, it never gets the same again," he said. "All the other muscles have to help support. I knew it was going to be a long road back from that injury.
"I didn't know to the extent, but here we are six years later and it's still giving me issues."
Head trainer Keith Dugger said this latest injury is directly related to that tear.
"He kind of tweaked the scar tissue around there and that little muscle on the side," Dugger said. "When you tear old scar (tissue) it's never as bad as tearing a new muscle. It's a small strain. It's not healthy tissue that he tweaked."
During the last offseason, Tulowitzki incorporated an extensive stretching regimen to help keep him on the field. He has continued the routine during the season, and he and manager Walt Weiss credit it as a reason he missed just six games before being injured again on Saturday.
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