"Obviously it's been a disappointing season halfway through. Not where we want to be, not where we need to be," Tulowitzki said.But after splitting a series against the Nationals, the Rockies believe there is something to build on in this second half. "We've got a lot of talent on this team," Michael Cuddyer said. "We're slowly stabilizing our pitching, and we'll continue to hit and fight. We're playing hard, and nobody can doubt that." Worth noting Tulowitzki is feeling better after undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue in his left groin June 21, but is cautious not to rush back. "There's no timetable," Tulowitzki said. "Waiting till I'm 110 percent ready is the smart thing to do because I don't want to jeopardize my career, but I want to play and help the team." Rookie pitcher Christian Friedrich is starting Friday against the Phillies and used his All-Star break to prepare for it. "I went home to Chicago and downloaded some film on the Phillies, and I threw a bullpen session and lifted some weights," Friedrich said. "You're on break, so your workouts are like an hour at a time instead of all day, which is nice." Cuddyer was annouced as the Rockies' nominee for the 2012 Heart and Hustle Award, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced Thursday. Cuddyer was nominated for the Twins last season. Baseball statistician Bill Chuck notes that Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario has hit more home runs out of the No. 7 hole than anybody in baseball. Rosario has hit nine of his 14 out of that spot.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.