Tulowitzki expects to play in finale Wednesday

Tulowitzki expects to play in finale Wednesday

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki wore a tight, white sleeve on his left elbow while taking swings in the batting cage on Tuesday and reported improvement with his sore left elbow.

Tulowitzki, hit on the elbow by a pitch from former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez on Sunday, said he will play in Wednesday's Spring Training finale against the Mariners at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. More important, he expects to be ready for Friday night's regular-season opener against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

"Today felt good," Tulowitzki said. "Tomorrow, I'm pretty sure I'm in there. I'll give it a go, and hopefully all signs point to being fine."

The ball came off Tulowitzki's bat with authority.

"I didn't feel any pain," he said. "It's obviously a little tight, so the amount of extension I'm getting isn't as much as it normally is. But with another two, three days of treatment I should have full motion."

Tulowitzki will protect the elbow with padding.