Rockies' Tulowitzki returns after 'freak accident'

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 15, 2012
Troy Tulowitzki will think twice before standing on the top step of the dugout again. A night after a foul ball by teammate Dexter Fowler struck near his left knee, Tulowitzki returned to Colorado's starting lineup Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants despite some soreness in his leg. He says he'll still stand on the dugout steps - something he has done his entire career - before he's on-deck but ''maybe not like on the top, top step.'' Colorado knows the injury to its star shortstop could've been far worse. Rockies manager Jim Tracy says the ball landed near a nerve and was ''three inches away from a shattered kneecap and maybe the end of the season'' for Tulowitzki.
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