Sunday, September 11, 2011
Troy Tulowitzki sits out Sunday
ESPN.com news services
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies gave All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki the day off to rest a sore left hip.
Tulowitzki wasn't the only starter to receive a break Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. The banged-up Rockies also held out Todd Helton (stiff back) and Mark Ellis (neck).
Just before the game, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was scratched with lower back stiffness. Ty Wigginton was placed in the lineup in left field, while Seth Smith switched over to right.
Also Sunday, The Rockies selected the contract of left-hander Drew Pomeranz from Double-A Tulsa ahead of his major league debut against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pomeranz was one of the key pieces in the trade this summer that sent ace Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians.
With an off day Monday, Rockies manager Jim Tracy is hoping Tulowitzki will be back in the lineup Tuesday for a game in Milwaukee.
Starting in place of Tulowitzki was Thomas Field, who just recently was selected to the roster and will make his major league debut.
Helton has played sparingly over the last 10 days because of a bothersome back.
Ellis is sitting out as a precaution after being hit in the neck by a pitch Saturday.
To make room on the roster, the team placed outfielder Ryan Spilborghs (plantar fasciitis right foot) on the 60-day disabled list and designated catcher Matt Pagnozzi for assignment.
The 22-year-old Pomeranz turned in two scoreless starts for Tulsa, striking out seven in 10 innings.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.