SAN DIEGO -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, two star players currently on the disabled list, will visit with specialists in Colorado on Wednesday to discuss treatment options.
Tulowitzki hasn't played since July 19 because of a strained left hip flexor. But the club suspects there could be an issue with the labrum in the hip and has sent him to visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Philippon. It was Philippon who performed a hip procedure on center Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks, one of the National Hockey League's premier defensive forwards.
Even if there is labrum damage, it's possible that the issue can be corrected through rest and rehab and Tulowitzki could finish the season on the field.
Gonzalez has dealt with chronic tendinitis in his left knee, and was placed on the DL Sunday. He will discuss healing procedures with Dr. Thomas Hackett, who is versed in various procedures for such knee injuries. If rest and rehab are the answer, Gonzalez could return. Procedures such as plasma-rich platelets and stem-cell therapy also could be used, although those would shelve Gonzalez for the season and begin his rehab early.
In more hopeful injury news, Rockies outfielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer was to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday, after having played three games with Rookie-level Grand Junction. Manager Walt Weiss said he doesn't expect Cuddyer to be away from the Rockies much longer, and he does not have to rehab in Triple-A before being activated.
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