Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki returns to DL

by Tim Piotrowski on July 5, 2008 @ 12:09:16 PDT

 


The Sports Network reports the Colorado Rockies have placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hand) on the 15-day disabled list with a laceration on his right hand. Tulowitzki sliced his palm while slamming a bat into the ground after being replaced in the seventh inning Friday, July 4, according to the Denver Post.

This season has turned into a nightmare for the young Rockies shortstop as this is the second time this season he has found himself on the disabled list. In 39 games this season, he is hitting .166 with three home runs, 16 RBIs and one stolen base. He has not played much better since coming off the disabled list June 20 after recovering from a torn quadriceps; he has gone 9-for-46 (.196) with two home runs and five RBIs since then.

He came into the season as one of the more highly touted shortstops in the fantasy world because of the numbers he put up last season. He hit .291 with 24 home runs, 99 RBIs and seven stolen bases. Another thing going for Tulowitzki owners at the start of the season was the lineup of the defending National League champs, but injuries have decimated the lineup, and various players' slumps have caused headaches for many fantasy owners.

From a fantasy perspective, this is the second time this season Tulowitzki owners have faced this dilemma. It is not known when he will return to the Rockies this time, so owners in shallower leagues can consider cutting him because of his injury problems and subpar play. Owners in deeper leagues can continue to stash him in a DL spot or on the bench, but he cannot be counted on a consistent basis now.

The player who is expected to see the bulk of the playing time at shortstop will be second baseman Clint Barmes. He is hitting .338 with five home runs and 22 RBIs this season, so he would be a very nice pickup for any owners either looking to replace Tulowitzki or looking for a steady middle infielder.

Another player that will benefit from the injury to Tulowitzki is infielder Jeff Baker, who was already looking at more playing time with the injury to first baseman Todd Helton (back). He is expected to see playing time at first and second base. He is hitting .268 with six home runs and 29 RBIs this season. He also would be a good pickup for deep league owners.

Infielder Omar Quintanilla, who has a .273-1-10 line on the year, is expected to split time at second base with Baker; however, he is more of a defensive specialist and is not relevant in any fantasy league.

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Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.

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