As potential trade suitors start to eye deals they could offer the Colorado Rockies for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the coming years, one factor that cannot be ignored is Tulowitzki’s health.
Out for the season with a hip injury and with an unfortunate history of upper leg injuries, Tulowitzki continues to see his seasons cut short because he cannot stay healthy. That has to be a concern for opposing teams that might want to add him.
Tulowitzki’s injuries have also led some people to question if he should consider switching positions. On that front, the 29-year-old shortstop refuses to even entertain the idea. From the Denver Post:
“No, I won’t move. I will retire before I move…
“…No. It’s just who I am, it’s what I do, it’s what I have dreamed of as a kid,” said Tulowitzki, 29. “It’s all I know and it’s all I’ve ever worked for. So I guess when you have a dream and you accomplish it and someone tries to take it away from you … it wouldn’t be worth it for me to try and move somewhere else.
“…I have always said that if I was playing (shortstop) and I wasn’t effective, then switching would be something I would talk about if I was hurting the team. But for me, I am not even thinking about it, because I still think I have a lot of years left playing that position at a high level.”
The question is not necessarily if he can be effective at shortstop, but if he will ever be able to do so for more than 140 games in a given season. Tulowitzki and the Rockies both hope that this injury can be the last that ends his season early, but if it doesn’t, a position change might become inevitable.