Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/1/12

In the Colorado Rockies' first game after Troy Tulowitzki landed on the disabled list, the shortstop's teammates did a more than acceptable job filling in for him.

Michael Cuddyer manned the cleanup spot, and he went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Marco Scutaro took over at shortstop and went 2-for-5 with a solo homer. With Carlos Gonzalez adding three hits and a three-run homer, the Rockies rolled to an 11-5 win over the Houston Astros. Colorado completed a four-game series sweep.

Before the game, Tulowitzki went on the 15-day DL due to a strained left groin. Infielder Chris Nelson, who had been out due to left wrist inflammation, took the vacant roster spot, returning after missing the minimum 15 days.

Manager Jim Tracy said Scutaro, who has been playing second base for the Rockies this season but has extensive experience at shortstop, would get the bulk of the playing time at short in Tulowitzki's absence. However, Tracy said he would be careful not to wear Scutaro down, and that he would use Nelson and even DJ LeMahieu at shortstop, too.

Tulowitzki was injured running out a grounder in the sixth Wednesday, and left the game after that inning. Tracy said he had no idea whether Tulowitzki would be able to return after 15 days. Trainer Keith Dugger likewise had no projection for Tulowitzki's return but said Tulowitzki responded well enough to testing Thursday that he was optimistic he wouldn't be dealing with a long-term injury. Dugger said Tulowitzki was "guarded, didn't have very good strength."

"Usually, you can tell in the first four to five days," Dugger said. "The thing I'm pretty optimistic about is he's stronger today than he was last night, so that's a positive, but he's still pretty weak and sore."

Tracy said it made sense to put Tulowitzki on the disabled list rather than rest him five or six days and have him play and possibly suffer a more severe injury. The Dodgers are going through that situation with star center fielder Matt Kemp, who re-injured his left hamstring in his second game after he came off the disabled list. Kemp will be out at least four more weeks.

"A complete tear of either a hamstring or a groin is pretty much two, 2 1/2 months, something like that," Tracy said. "I don't want to visit that, and I don't want to see us in a position where Troy Tulowitzki has to go out and play baseball carefully. I don't ever see that working."

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