Tulowitzki back in action after foul-ball injury

Tulowitzki back in action after foul-ball injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday after Troy Tulowitzki was inserted back into the starting lineup following Monday night's injury scare. The franchise shortstop was hit in the leg by a Dexter Fowler foul ball as he stood on the top step of the visitor's dugout in the series opener and eventually left the game.

On Tuesday, Tulowitzki was moving around the clubhouse much better even though his knee was heavily wrapped. After taking a 20-minute batting-practice session, Tulowitzki was given the green light to return to the field. But you might not be seeing him waiting in his usual spot before heading to the on-deck circle.

"Maybe not the top, top step," Tulowitzki said. "It's just sore. It's like getting hit by a pitch but on my knee."

Colorado manager Jim Tracy said the ball could have easily shattered Tulowitzki's kneecap and sidelined him for an extended period of time had it landed about three inches higher on his leg.

"We dodged a serious bullet," Tracy said.

That wasn't the only notable roster decision made Tuesday, as right-handed reliever Carlos Torres was optioned down to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for Jeremy Guthrie (shoulder), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

"[Torres] will start, absolutely," Tracy said. "We want him to pitch some more innings. We're sending Carlos Torres back to Colorado Springs to make room for Jeremy Guthrie. We're not sending Carlos Torres to Colorado Springs because he's done anything that warrants him having to go back down and I made that very clear to the player."