Tulo OK after hurting ankle on backswing, exiting early

Tulo OK after hurting ankle on backswing, exiting early

ATLANTA -- The Rockies received a scare when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki did not come back out of the dugout for the bottom of the eighth after hitting his left ankle with his backswing in the top half of the inning in Sunday's 7-0 loss to the Braves.

But the three-time All-Star, who had his ankle wrapped in ice following the game, said he was fine.

"I'm OK," Tulowitzki said. "My backswing hit my foot. I think I'm all right."

The Rockies had already lost half of the left side of their infield when third baseman Nolan Arenado suffered a mallet fracture in his left middle finger on Friday night. He is expected miss at least a month due to the injury.

But Colorado manager Walt Weiss reaffirmed that Tulowitzki, who leads the Majors in batting at .375, will likely be back in the lineup when the Rockies begin a three-game series against the Phillies on Monday in Philadelphia.

"He's OK," Weiss said. "He just hit his ankle on the backswing. He'll be fine."

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.