DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki took another step toward returning to game action Friday, running the bases for the first time as part of his rehab from a strained left groin that has kept him on the disabled list since May 31.
"It went good," head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said of the baserunning. "He's still a little while [away from being ready]. He's creeping in there. We need to see how he responds from this."
So far, Tulowitzki has progressed at a slow but steady pace, succeeding with every new stage of his ramped-up activities. Dugger conceded an "outside chance" that Tulowitzki could be ready for game action at some point during the week-long road trip the Rockies start Monday, with the shortstop along to take batting and infield practice.
"Picking up his baseball activity, the ground balls, he's pain-free, not thinking about it," Dugger said. "Still some stuff I want to do, uncontrolled environment-type running, tagging up on a fly ball over the shoulder. We can do that on the road too. He's getting there. He's real close."
Tulo was hitting .287 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 47 games before going on the DL.
"He keeps doing his work, and it's work that is pushing him eventually to a rehab assignment," manager Jim Tracy said.