DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was unburdened of scar tissue that impacted a nerve in his left groin area, thanks to a surgery last week. Monday, he put down the weight of a secret he kept earlier in the year.
The pain he was experiencing was at the root of a strange slump in which Tulowitzki made six errors in the season's first 11 games, after making six errors for all of 2011, when he earned his second straight Gold Glove Award.
Most of the errors were on throws, which was alarming because his laser arm separated him from most others at his position. Unable to torque his body into positions that allowed him to make such throws without pressuring his arm limited his ability. Tulowitzki admitted at the time that he was thinking about throwing, and not just reacting. On Monday, he revealed why.
"Since I have been here I take defense seriously and want to be the best defender out there," Tulowitzki said. "It was tough to take, but there are all kinds of things that guys deal with in this game, not just me.
"I wasn't able to throw on the run. Like I said, I never thought about throwing. I was thinking about planting my feet and throwing, because I didn't want certain areas to hurt."
Tulowitzki found a way to stop the pain from affecting him and has just eight total errors in 47 appearances. He also batted .287 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.
Tulowitzki said the root of the scar tissue was a torn quadriceps tendon he suffered in 2008. He underwent surgery and missed 47 games. He has dealt with various leg muscle issues since. Dr. Bill Meyers, a noted Philadelphia surgeon who is an expert in sports hernia and similar injuries, conducted the procedure.
"Initially, I had that quad injury in San Francisco [in 2008], so I had to work a little extra in that area," Tulowitzki said. "So it was just the wear and tear."
Tulowitzki said he is being limited to walking a mile a day. With triple-digit temperatures, Tulowitzki is doing his walking inside Coors Field's hallways.
He's trying not to let his team's struggles get him upset.
"It's tough to take, watching games," he said. "You never want to sit there and watch your team. You want to be out there trying to help them win ballgames. It's been a tough year, but there's still time to maybe turn this around and hopefully maybe get some of these young kids better. You never know what's going to happen."