Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/26/14
Some thought the Colorado Rockies would bring Troy Tulowitzki back for the final part of the regular season, just to give the fans a look at their favorite shortstop and to get him some work. Instead, Tulowitzki went to the instructional league in Arizona. This rubbed some people the wrong way, but Tulowitzki said he simply wasn't ready for the big leagues.

In an interview with Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Tulowitzki said his groin injury and his recovery prevented him from returning to the Major League club. He said he could tell by the way he was playing in the instructional league games that he wasn't ready to return to the Rockies' lineup. However, the Rockies' shortstop says he will be ready for 2013.

"I am not ready for the big-league environment," Tulowitzki said. "I will be, but right now wasn't the time."
Tulowitzki hasn't played since May when he strained his groin. He made some rehab starts, but re-aggravated the injury. He ultimately underwent surgery to clear out some scar tissue, and he thinks his quad injury from 2008 contributed to his groin injury this year.

In 47 games this season before the injury, Tulowitzki hit .287/.360/.486 with eight home runs. He looked poised to have another big year, but the injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. Tulowitzki is a two-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner, but even if he had been on the field, the outcome of the Rockies' season wouldn't have been much different. The Rockies enter the final game of the season with a record of 63-98, dead last in the National League West.

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