Tulowitzki To Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery

The Rockies received more bad news on the injury front today, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com tweets that MVP candidate Troy Tulowitzki will miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip.

Tulowitzki, 29, has appeared in just 91 games this season but is hitting a hefty .340/.432/.603 with 21 homers in 375 plate appearances and elite shortstop defense. Both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com peg him for more than five wins above replacement despite the shortened season. This will mark the third consecutive season with a significant DL stint for Tulowitzki, who has not topped 126 games since the 2011 season and hasn’t topped 150 games since 2009.

Tulowitzki’s name has been at the center of quite a bit of trade buzz as of late, due in large part to repeated comments about his impatience with losing and a desire to see change in the Rockies organization. Rockies owner Dick Monfort has said multiple times that he has no plans entertain the thought of trading his superstar, although there’s been speculation that Tulowitzki could ask for a trade this winter. He has clarified, however, that he doesn’t want to be traded and prefers to win as a member of the Rockies organization.

The Rockies control Tulowitzki through at least the 2020 season, as he is guaranteed $20MM annually from 2015-19 and is guaranteed $14MM in the 2020 season. His contract contains a $15MM club option for 2021 with a $4MM buyout, making for a total of $118MM guaranteed following the completion of this season.


36 Responses to Tulowitzki To Undergo Season-Ending Hip Surgery Leave a Reply

  1. Steve 12 months ago

    Should have traded him at the start of July

    • BreakingNews 12 months ago

      Should have picked up on Jacob Turner……another mistake.

      • Steve 12 months ago

        No way O’Dowd should return next year

        • jb226 12 months ago

          Wouldn’t it be Bill Geivett’s call? He is, at least ostensibly, in control of major-league operations.

          • Guest 12 months ago

            I don’t think anybody in their front office should return but the owner calling out Geivett isn’t good for him

        • Seamaholic 12 months ago

          O’Dowd manages minor league operations only. Geivett is the guy. But this isn’t his fault either. They just have an incredible knack for finding injury prone players, even if they weren’t injury-prone before they got to Colorado.

          • Pete Harnisch 12 months ago

            Yep. They should have seen the signs with Boone Logan and Matt Belisle (lots of IP over the last few years). Also, they cannot absorb the injury risk with players like Brett Anderson.

      • Seamaholic 12 months ago

        You mean the guy with the 6 ERA and 64 ERA+ (one of the worst in baseball), bad attitude and no options? That guy? Thanks but no thanks. When reasonably healthy, the Rockies have many better options, and this year is lost anyway. Their org-wide pitching coordinator came from the Marlins last off-season and knows Turner well. Not claiming him was not an accident.

  2. Lefty_Orioles_Fan
    Lefty_Orioles_Fan 12 months ago

    Yeah, what is going on in the Land of the Rockies?
    Nothing really has gone right for them.
    From their silly idea of having a starting pitch only 75 pitches to now this!

    • mauryfeldman 12 months ago

      75 pitches is too little. But, Jazerlyi’s research on pitch counts did show increased risk of injury progressively with rising frequency of starts of magnitudes greater than 100 pitches. It’s pitch counts in a single start that matter, not total innings.
      I think a team might get some value from sending starters out more frequently for more brief starts, say, a 3-man rotation at 90 pitches maximum.

      • Red_Line_9 12 months ago

        I think teams would be hard pressed to find SP’s that could go every third day 90 pitches. And if they didn’t..it’d become a major burden finding effective bullpen arms. And it honestly will not happen as long as sp salaries generally demand an attempt at quality starts

  3. Since_77 12 months ago

    Too bad, same injury as A-Rod. Long recovery ahead. They should have traded him last year.

    • Metsfan93 12 months ago

      I don’t know much about the injury, but if I remember correctly, didn’t Mike Lowell and someone else also have this injury and come back fairly strong? A-Rod was a lot older than Tulo is right now. My hope is Tulowitzki can finally play a full year one of these seasons since he’s possibly the second most talented player in MLB.
      I also think the Rockies are more concerned with continuing this tradition of keeping their superstars for awhile; Walker had an extended tenure there, CarGo appears to be going nowhere, they’ve picked up JDL’s options for no reason and Helton was a career Rockie.

      • Seamaholic 12 months ago

        De La Rosa has been their best pitcher for both of his options years, and is the all-time (or very close to it) best pitcher at Coors Field. I think that was a decent “reason.”

      • Scott Berlin 12 months ago

        It led to Lowell’s demise as well. It was the beginning of the end of him.

      • Douglas Rau 12 months ago

        I think that hope is dwindling at this point. He’s had a lot of trouble staying healthy and on the field even long before this hip situation.

  4. Jonathan 12 months ago

    Is a shame that Tulo can’t play a full season por his injuries, and put all of his talent, would have greats number for the MVP easily

  5. Hopper15 12 months ago

    Tulo and Cargo just can’t catch a break with injuries.

    • mauryfeldman 12 months ago

      They are injury prone players, and always will be. If you trade for them, make sure to have a very good team in place already, and treat them with kid gloves down the stretch in hopes that they will be healthy for the playoffs. If you’re counting on one of these guys to get in, prepare to be disappointed.

      • Douglas Rau 12 months ago

        It’s very hard to move one of them, with how much money they make, what the Rockies would want in return in terms of prospects and the increasing certainty, as they continue to age, that they not only are going to continue to miss time with injuries but when they do get hurt, it’s going to take them longer to rehab and get back ON the field. The older they get, the more risky the proposition of acquiring one of them gets for a team’s GM. It’s hard to justify all of that money sitting on the DL for weeks and months at a time.

  6. BreakingNews 12 months ago

    Broncos season starts soon……so no big deal.

  7. DippityDoo 12 months ago

    To Tulo’s credit, if we wanna use $/War as player value he’s earned his money.

    • Metsfan93 12 months ago

      Wouldn’t you want a surplus in pre-decline years, not just merely earning his keep?

      • DippityDoo 12 months ago

        Absolutely, I’m just impressed by it since I always am the first guy discrediting Tulo for being hurt all the time.

    • KJ4realz 12 months ago

      Exactly. It’s rough seeing this guy get hurt and not play a full season but the guy is one of the best even only playing like 80% of the games (if that).

  8. Metsfan93 12 months ago

    This stinks for Colorado. I really like Tulowitzki and have hoped he wouldn’t suffer the same eventual fate as Garciaparra where he’s continually injured and has a great peak, value-wise, but simply can’t stay healthy enough to have a truly elite career. Nomar was even better before falling off that cliff than Tulo has been so far.

  9. guccci7383 12 months ago

    boy that trade value just went down that toilet quick

    • Trock 12 months ago

      Yea, another injury season drops his value quite substantially IMO. I still think he would get a good haul, just not as good since he can’t stay on the field all season.

  10. Mario Saavedra 12 months ago

    This is actually good news. It means he will be healthy for next season and also a better draft pick for the Rockies.

  11. Scott Berlin 12 months ago

    Rockies should have traded him when they had the chance.

  12. mauryfeldman 12 months ago

    I can’t see how any team gives up blue chip prospects for Tulowitzki or Gonzalez. I realize that, when healthy, these are elite players, But they cannot stay healthy at all, and this problem won’t just go away after they turn 30.

    • Seamaholic 12 months ago

      Weird thing is, though, that their injuries are so random. Not one associated with another. Tulo’s had hand, finger, ribcage, groin, and hip. Cargo’s had hand, finger, knee, and ankle. He even had a tumor for cryin’ out loud, in his finger. I don’t think it’s medically defensible to say someone is “prone” to all these random things.

      • Red_Line_9 12 months ago

        True, but prone or not they take a collective toll potentially… especially the hip injury. Tulo has stated as much in interviews. He certainly CAN be healthy…but he could also turn into a .290 18Hr 3B with a massive contract… and one not playing at elevation

      • Trock 12 months ago

        I don’t think it matters what type of injuries they are. They still get injured (albiet randomly) is still prone to me. If they aren’t on the field for 2-3 months a year (doesn’t matter from a freak injury or not) is too much.

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