Tulo back in the lineup hitting seventh

Tulo back in lineup hitting seventh

DENVER -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle had a tongue-in-cheek explanation for Troy Tulowitzki's inclusion in Wednesday's lineup after starting Tuesday on the bench.

"I just got tired of questions about him not playing anymore," Hurdle said. "I try to keep things really simple around here. So now you've got to ask other questions."

Oh, there's still plenty of questions with the young Tulowitzki. His lack of production to start the season after finishing second for last year's National League Rookie of the Year Award has been one of the main causes for concern this season for the Rockies.

Tulowitzki is hitting .163, and .149 from the two-hole, where he had hit from in 17 of his 18 starts entering Wednesday's game. Hurdle decided to move Tulowitzki to the seventh spot on Wednesday, where he was in the lineup in 62 games last year.

"Because of the lack of production in the two-hole, just get him down there in a place he's been comfortable at and done well before," Hurdle said. "Maybe catch some people sleeping down there, do some damage. We've seen it before."

Tulowitzki's slow start is something we've seen before. Last April, his average was below .200 for much of the month of April. However, he bounced back and hit .303 in May and had a productive season.

"I've been here before," Tulowitzki said. "I can get out of it, but at the same time, you never want to start this way. It makes it tough on yourself. I believe I'll get out of it sooner or later. The hardest part is just trying to stick with it and bring confidence to the field every day."

Tulowitzki said his solution would be not to miss starts. However, he understands when he's not included in the lineup these days.

"I think they went with what they thought was the best lineup yesterday and that didn't include me," Tulowitzki said. "I think it's one of those things. I think every baseball player goes through a tough streak, and right now it's my turn. I believe I'll get out of it sooner or later."

C.J. Moore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.