DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, eligible to return from his left groin strain on June 15, did light running at Coors Field on Friday -- a step toward a return. "I saw him in the office and he's beginning to feel good," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said, who added that Tulowitzki is "progressing very nicely." In other injury news: Catcher Ramon Hernandez has done running and throwing but no hitting. He has not played since May 23 because of a left hand strain.
Right-hander Juan Nicasio had fluid drained from his left knee. The injury occurred on Saturday. Nicasio said the knee is progressing nicely. He is eligible to return June 18. He is playing catch but will have to throw bullpen sessions before being a serious candidate to return. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who is coming off Tommy John surgery and has had his rehab assignments halted twice, is pain-free but the Rockies will wait another day or so before he plays catch. The latest setback was swelling, but there was not structural damage. Infielder Jonathan Herrera, who hasn't played since May 21 because of a right hamstring strain, began a rehab assignment at Double-A Tulsa but has had to take time off because of tightness in the hamstring. However, the Rockies have not pulled him from the assignment and believe a limited amount of rest will help. Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who hasn't pitched since May 1 because of a chest muscle injury, has played catch for three days in a row without pain and is beginning to feel strength increasing. No word on the next step.