Tulo's rehab eased by Rockies' success

Tulo's rehab eased by Rockies' success

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said a doctor's examination on Thursday revealed that his fractured left wrist is healing as well as expected. How he feels swinging the bat will determine where his return will fall on the original six-to-eight-week timetable.

But Tulowitzki said watching the Rockies absorb his absence well has made watching a little easier.

The Rockies went into Friday night's game against the Giants with a 9-4 record in his absence. Clint Barmes, who moved from second base to shortstop to cover for Tulowitzki, has hit .321 since June 1. Second baseman Jonathan Herrera, a recent callup from Triple-A Colorado Springs, hit safely in 12 of his first 13 starts.

"The teams that make it in the end are the teams that put up with the adversity and hang on until they get healthy," Tulowitzki said. "I don't think there's one team that's won a World Series or been to the playoffs without facing some adversity. You look right now, Boston is being put to the test, the Phillies are being put to the test, we're being put to the test.

"These guys have done a great job."

Tulowitzki, who said a piece of bone chipped off when he was hit by a pitch at Minnesota on June 17, said it's hard to put a finger on when he'll return.

"It's based on feel -- if I feel good, they're going to give me the OK to go," Tulowitzki said. "So it's not for sure six weeks. It could be earlier. It could be more time. It's depending on how I feel. I've grabbed a bat and tried to take swings. I've played catch and done my conditioning, but hitting is going to be the hardest step and the last step."

Tulowitzki said he'll wear padding on the wrist initially when he returns. His former Long Beach State teammate, Rays infielder Evan Longoria, has been through the same injury and is offering advice.

"He said when he came back it was a little tender and it bothered him a little bit, but it got better and after a while, he didn't feel it," Tulowitzki said.