Tulo makes pinch-hitting appearance

Tulo makes pinch-hitting appearance

DENVER -- After Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki participated in pregame workouts at full speed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, he appeared as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the Rockies' 2-1 loss to the Padres.

Tulowitzki, who was fanned by Padres starter Mat Latos in the at-bat, made his first appearance since Sept. 13, as he continues to recover from bursitis in his left hip. There is a possibility that Tulowitzki could start in the team's home finale against the Padres on Wednesday.

"It's possible," manager Jim Tracy said. "I won't rule it out, but I won't rule it in just yet, either."

Tracy said that once Tulowitzki returns to regular action in the field, he is likely to be used sparingly over the final week of the season.

"As we move forward here, we will balance the scales about -- once he is available -- how much he will do," Tracy said. "He could start a game, play part of a game, and then come out. ... And you don't want to feel like you end up in a situation where, if a key component like that were to get hurt, that fractures you going into 2012. You have to be mindful of that."