Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/31/12

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after straining his left groin during Wednesday's 13-5 victory over the Astros.

Tulowitzki's groin has been bothering him since the season's opening series against Houston in April.

"It's tough," Tulowitzki said, according to MLB.com. "The first thing I thought about was we're playing well and we have a chance for a sweep [Thursday against the Astros]. But sitting there thinking about it, there's nothing you can really do. When you're hurt, you're hurt.

"My groin has been bothering me. There have been tweaks here and there and I'd get a day [off], but this is worse than just the kind of tweak I'd normally felt."

Tulowitzki is hitting .287 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.

The Rockies activated infielder Chris Nelson from the 15-day disabled list.

Nelson, 26, was placed on the disabled list on May 16 with left wrist inflammation. He appeared in nine games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs and hit .278.

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