Tulowitzki back in lineup after toe improves

Tulowitzki back in lineup after toe improves

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki returned to the lineup Sunday with extra support in his right shoe, after not starting Saturday because of a middle toe injury he suffered Friday night.

Tulowitzki left Friday's game after feeling the pain while running out his ninth-inning single. After passing medical tests Saturday, he didn't believe he could run well enough to start but did have a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning.

"After we got the X-ray and the MRI and it came back all right, I felt I was going to be in a good spot today," Tulowitzki said before Sunday's series finale vs. the Giants. "It was a little bit of a scare for me just because of my history. Sometimes when it happens, you think the worst."

Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger, who made sure Tulowitzki still felt good after taking batting practice and ground balls, said a shank, or metal insert, was placed in Tulowitzki's shoe so he doesn't rise as high on his toes.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.