Tulowitzki takes BP, hopes to return on Tuesday

Tulowitzki takes BP, hopes to return on Tuesday

LOS ANGELES -- A day after suffering a strained left rotator cuff on Sunday, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki felt good enough to take batting practice in the indoor cage at Dodger Stadium.

Tulowitkzi was not in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Dodgers and he had about as much pain as the Rockies' training staff told him he would have, but it doesn't appear he will miss many games. Tulowitzki suffered the injury on a slide into home plate during the Rockies' 4-2 loss at Arizona on Sunday.

Tulowitzki called a return for Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers "a possibility."

The injury was to his non-throwing shoulder, so the concern is hitting. 

During the batting-practice session, Tulowitzki passed a key test. He felt comfortable using his full swing, which ends with the bat only in his left hand. If he had been in pain or didn't have confidence in the health of the shoulder, he would have kept two hands on the bat through the entire swing.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.