Saturday Rockpile: Tulowitzki on Track to Make NL All-Star and All-Hernia Teams, Francis Doing His Part, More

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Jeff Karstens Francis #26 of the Colorado Rockies throws a third inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 15, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki to visit sports hernia doctor, says report - ESPN
This is really great news, as Tulowitzki will at least be out a few more weeks if he does end up having a sports hernia. If it is bad enough to require surgery, the rehab period is generally six to nine weeks, which would put the All-Star shortstop out for at least two more months. As we all know, Tulo was starting to do his typical heating up thing when he went down with the injury; he was hitting .389/.436/.833 in the nine games before the injury, with four homers and four doubles. Despite the injury, Tulo still leads all NL shortstops in All-Star votes (as of a few days ago) with just over 1.2 million. He has a 17,000 vote cushion over Cardinals' shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Also in the blurb is an update on Jorge De La Rosa, who will have his elbow looked at by the same doctor that performed his Tommy John surgery. JDLR hasn't pitched since June 1st in Salt Lake, when he exited after 3.1 innings with forearm tightness. He allowed four runs on five hits prior to leaving the game.

Jeff Francis gives Rockies some stability in the starting rotation - The Denver Post
Say what you want, but last night's game (which was started by Francis) was the first time since June 4th in Arizona that the Rockies didn't allow at least six runs. That figure is astonishing. So, while Francis didn't necessarily pitch well last night, he "limited the damage." That's kind of like a quarterback who "manages the game."

LeMahieu's return to Comerica Park far from just another game
Hometown boy DJ LeMahieu played his first big league game in Detroit last night after appearing at Comerica Park many times as a high schooler. Many friends and family members watched him score during the eight-run tenth inning last night as a pinch-runner, and they'll likely get to see him start today or tomorrow.

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