Troy Tulowitzki says his ankle is fine after leaving Sunday’s game early

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Those around the Colorado Rockies organization had to be nervous on Sunday as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was forced to exit the game with an apparent leg injury. Pulled in the 8th inning after trying to leg out a ground ball, one could not help but worry that it was a recurrence of the groin and quad injuries that have held him out in the past.

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The Rockies can breathe a sigh of relief, then, as Tulowitzki says he is fine and will not miss any time. According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:

"Tulo did not take his place at shortstop in the bottom of the eighth after hitting his left ankle with his backswing in the top half of the inning.“I’m good, I’m fine,” Tulo said, although his ankle was packed in ice. “My backswing hit my foot. I think I’m all right.”Had the game still been in the balance, Tulo would have continued playing."

That is big news for the Rockies, as their season would have taken quite the gloomy turn if they lost Tulowitzki to an injury the same week that they lost third baseman Nolan Arenado for six weeks to a broken finger.

The Rockies have been a big story in 2014 largely because of the ungodly play of Tulowitzki. We are now 50 games into the season and Tulowitzki is batting .375/.480/.725, all numbers that lead the league, in addition to playing some of the best defense at shortstop in all of baseball. It is best for the Rockies and for anybody who enjoys baseball when he is healthy.