BY LESLIE MONTEIRO
Troy Tulowitzki has become a polarizing Rockie.
There’s no question he is a great player. He is great at playing shortstop, and he hits well. His baseball card indicates the great numbers he puts when he is at the plate. His desire to win can never be questioned.
Rockies fans like that part about him. But they also have a gripe about him.
Tulowitzki is always hurt during the baseball season.
Tulowitzki is out for the second straight game on Wednesday night, and he has not started in three of the last five games due to leg issues. He has struggled to run for whatever reason.
This comes after the Rockies shortstop strained his shoulder as a result of him sliding in home plate few weeks ago in a game against the Diamondbacks.
The Rockies and Tulowitzki insist the injury is not serious, but who are they kidding? Do they think the fans are stupid? There’s nothing worse than being in denial.
Tulowitzki has been injury-prone for the last few years. Of course, the fans are going to worry if the Rockies’ best player is hurt. It’s natural for them to be concerned.
Tulowitzki missed the entire season with a left groin injury last year, and now fans are worried if he reinjured his groin again.
He spent time on the disabled list in 2010 after his wrist was fractured on a hit by pitch by Alex Burnett.
He missed time in 2008 after he tore his tendon in his left quadriceps. In that same season, he injured his palm for slamming a bat into the ground in frustration.
It’s one thing or another for Tulowitzki. It’s no wonder why fans have become frustrated with the Rockies superstar.
Nothing turns fans off than a star being injured during the season.
It’s easy to question if Tulowitzki is brittle to play baseball. How else could anyone explain about his injuries every year?
This is frustrating for the Rockies and the shortstop.
Tulowitzki is the Rockies’ best player. He can be counted on to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs when he is healthy. He is a guy that can play the shortstop position. He does things that no one can replace.
He makes the Rockies go. As great as the Rockies lineup is, it’s hard to replace what he can do. He brings special intangibles that can’t be replaced. He has that burning desire to win.
It’s not like he gets out of bed with the idea he wants to be on the disabled list.
As frustrated as the fans are, Tulowitzki shares the same frustration.
He has tried everything to avoid being injured, but it has become a recurring theme.
The Rockies invested lot of money in him by signing him until 2020, so that they can build around him for many years to come. They know what he can do. The problem is they can’t be happy when they are paying him to be on the disabled list.
It’s time to wonder how long Tulowitzki can play baseball. He can’t keep playing if he gets hurt every year. He has to wonder if it’s worth it.
He will continue to give it a go for awhile, but if the body can’t keep up, he can’t keep himself at risk.
It will be a matter of time until Tulowitzki is on the disabled list. He and the Rockies can’t keep this charade going. There is no point having him play while he is injured.
Fans want Tulowitzki to toughen up and play through injuries. That’s easier said than done. If he can’t be productive with an injury, it’s pointless to play.
It’s not an issue about the Rockies shortstop playing hurt. It’s about how he gets hurt often.
The Rockies have no answers to what’s going on. They want to be patient and hope for the best, but they have to wonder deep down if Tulowitzki is going to be injury-prone.
With all these injuries, it’s easy to say he can’t be reliable to play most of the season.
Sooner or later, he will be on the disabled list.
It’s sad to see a great player continuing to be injured.
With the way things are going for Tulowitzki, people will think of him for his injuries than his performance.
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