Tulo returns to lineup for opener with Dodgers

Tulo returns to lineup for opener with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The day off on Wednesday did Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki some good.

Not only did it allow him some relief from the soreness in his left groin, which flared during Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Padres after lingering since Spring Training, but the Rockies won, 6-2. Tulowitzki was back in the lineup for Friday night's game against the Dodgers.

Tulowitkzi, hitting .277 with hits in 15 of his last 17 games, said at the time he was reluctant to sit in the dugout. But he realized a "smart day" was in order.

"You don't want to go to San Diego and get swept," Tulowitzki said. "If it happens, you have to deal with it. But at the same time, they're struggling. Their record shows that. We were struggling, but to go in there and get swept would have been a punch in the gut.

"More than that, the kid pitching, Christian Friedrich, showed good stuff. That's what we'd kind of been struggling with, pitching, so that was kind of a boost."