SAN DIEGO -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki did not appear in a 6-2 win over the Padres on Wednesday after feeling pain in his left groin while beating out a first-inning ground ball during 3-1 loss at Petco Park the night before.
"It just grabbed me," Tulowitzki said. "There's a day off tomorrow. I've got to get out of this time where I'm pushing through it. I kind of took a smart day here. It's tough because we aren't playing well. It's not an easy thing for me."
Tulowitzki beat out another infield single in the game but said, "I was pushing my limits out there."
The groin issue cropped up during Spring Training, but the Rockies managed his playing time. The two days off he has this time are expected to give him enough rest that he'll be ready to start Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
Manager Jim Tracy said the effort Tulowitzki showed on the play, when he avoided a double play, was special.
"He's safe, vs. the jog, double play, inning over and Todd Helton leading the next inning off," Tracy said. "He got us an extra hitter, which got us a run on the Helton RBI line drive to left field. It also gave us the opportunity to reload the bases [before Ramon Hernandez flied to right].
"That kind of effort, we didn't see that last year -- I'm not saying from him [Tulowitzki] but in general. We're creating opportunities for ourselves that way. We just need to cash in on that."
Marco Scutaro moved from second base to shortstop in Tulowitzki's absence and Jonathan Herrera started at second. Chris Nelson started at third after sitting out the first two games of the series with left wrist soreness, which has bothered him for about two weeks. Veterans Helton and Hernandez also sat, with Jason Giambi playing first base and Wilin Rosario catching. Dexter Fowler returned to center field after giving way to Tyler Colvin on Tuesday.