Tulo's hustle on infield single proves health

Tulo's hustle on infield single proves health

MESA, Ariz. -- Rockies two-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has cleared each of the expected hurdles as he attempts to prove he's healthy after being limited to 47 games last season because of a groin injury.

He passed an unplanned test Wednesday during a 2-0 victory against the Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium.

Tulowitzki, who went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, hit an infield chopper that charging Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena could not barehand in the fourth inning. Tulowitzki generally saves beating out of infield hits for the season, and while he did not totally push it, he reached first base safely and would have had a chance to beat a throw.

"When I saw it come off the bat, I cringed a little bit, but he hasn't had any problems," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It's a good sign.

"The plan is to peak when the bell rings in all aspects, for all our guys -- particularly a guy like Tulo, who missed time. We're watching him physically. When it's time to go, hopefully, he'll have peace of mind with himself and have enough at-bats."

After legging out the single, Tulowitzki slid into second base to break up a potential double play on Michael Cuddyer's grounder.

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