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Troy Tulowitzki out a few days with calf bruise after getting hit by pitch

At the end of last season Arizona Diamondbacks’ general manager Kevin Towers vowed that his team would stand their ground when it comes to “owning” the inner half of the plate. Falling in line with their obsession with “grit” and “toughness,” it sounded like the Diamondbacks were going to be sure to retaliate if one of their guys got hit by a pitch. See for yourself:

But I think come Spring Training, it will be duly noted that it’s going to be an eye for an eye and we’re going to protect one another…If not, if you have options, there’s ways to get you out of here, and you don’t follow suit or you don’t feel comfortable doing it, you probably don’t belong in a Diamondbacks uniform.”

But he doesn’t mean hit other batters on purpose, you guys.

Anyhow, it appears that Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki might be an early victim of that mindset in 2014. In Spring Training action last night, Diamondbacks slugger Mark Trumbo was hit by a pitch. When Tulo, Colorado’s best player, came up to the plate next, he took a Wade Miley fastball in the leg. It could be a coincidence, of course, and if that’s what you want to believe you’re welcome to it.

X-Rays were negative, but Tulo will be out a few days with a deep calf bruise (per Troy Renck):

If the Rockies are going to surprise people this season, they need Tulo healthy. They will hope that this is nothing more than a blip on the road to Opening Day.

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