DETROIT -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will visit noted sports hernia surgeon Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday in an attempt to determine the exact nature of the pain he's experiencing in the left groin area. Meyers performed sports hernia surgeries on Rangers star Josh Hamilton, as well as football players Donovan McNabb and Jeremy Shockey, and hockey player Tomas Holmstrom. Meyers will look at Tulowitzki's two previous MRIs and conduct his own examination. Tulowitzki hasn't played since May 30 with what has been listed as a left groin strain. On Wednesday, he had to leave his first injury rehab game for Triple-A Colorado Springs because of pain in the area.
It is not certain that Tulowitzki has a sports hernia, or if so, which of the many types of sports hernias it may be. Even if it is a sports hernia, it doesn't automatically have to be surgically repaired. Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said the club is acting on a recommendation to have Tulowitzki looked at again. Sports hernias are diagnosed almost exclusively in high-level male athletes, and usually occur with athletes who battle chronic groin pain. The Rockies will play in Philadelphia next Tuesday-Thursday. Tulowitzki's evaluation will occur on Monday, the club's off-day. Tulowitzki is hitting .287 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 47 games. He had a narrow lead over the Cardinals' Rafael Furcal in the latest update of voting for the National League's starting lineup in next month's All-Star Game.