Tulo making gains playing through pain

Tulo making gains playing through pain

DENVER -- Believe it or not, playing through pain in his right hip flexor has been good for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The injury occurred during the season-opening series at Houston, but it hasn't hampered him. Tulowitzki went 4-for-13 (.308) with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored during the just-completed series with the Giants at Coors Field.

"There's kind of an art to giving everything you've got, but doing it properly, not trying to overdo things," said Tulolwitzki, whose five RBIs lead the club. "Sometimes that makes you better, too. You play within yourself, relax and don't make your body do things it can't do."

Just the same, he'd rather not hurt. Tulowitzki said before Friday night's opener of three games with the D-backs that he's hurting a little less.

"Playing a day game [Thursday], I got all the rest after the game and today, so it's slowly improving," Tulowitzki said.