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Troy Tulowitzki struggling with pitch recognition, not trade rumors

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Plus, Arenado does it all, an update on Tyler Chatwood and more.

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What's going on with Tulo? | FOX Sports
There is a lot of concerning stuff with Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, as Owen Watson lays out. Tulo, who has made a living clobbering fastballs for the last decade or so, is really struggling with those pitches this season. In addition, his home run power is diminishing (as evidenced by a decline in fly ball distance) and he's had a flat-out awful approach at the plate this season, offering at far too many pitches out of the zone and making less contact than usual.

All of this could be attributed to small sample size -- and all of it could be forgotten if Tulo goes on one of his patented hot streaks. On the other hand, maybe it's what should be expected out of an injury prone player who is on the wrong side of 30 and, by the looks of things, is in his own head a little bit while trying to carry his club toward relevance.

Tulo hopes to be more selective | rockies.com
Weather and pitch recognition -- and not trade rumors -- are the cause of Tulowitzki's struggles, the star shortstop told Thomas Harding. Tulo, to this point, has met his goal of staying on the field but isn't performing to his liking. He believes that will come with time.

Arenado does it all in win over Reds | rockies.com
One thing that should allow Tulo to relax a bit and not feel like he has to do everything on his own is the presence of Nolan Arenado, who has been unconscious at the plate the last couple of games and has, of course, combined that with lights-out defense at the hot corner. Harding has a breakdown of Arenado's big day against the Reds.

Rockies' Tyler Chatwood ahead of schedule after Tommy John
Chatwood says the plan is for him to return to action this season, and it appears the 25-year-old right-hander is on track to do so, writes Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post. Chatwood has traveled with the Rockies to remain mentally sharp. All the while, he's been throwing bullpen sessions, including a 40-pitch one on Sunday in which Chatwood mixed in changeups and curveballs.

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