Originally written January 18, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki sees the World Baseball Classic as a proving ground, a way to test his healed left groin in a far more competitive environment than the Cactus League. He hopes to play for Team USA team but wasn't named Jan. 17 to the provisional roster due to his injury-plagued 2012 season, and he likely won't be on the team due to insurance considerations. Team USA announced 27 of its 28 players, and the last addition is expected to be a starting pitcher. The final roster must be submitted by Feb. 20. This is the third time the WBC will be held, but unlike 2006 and 2009, no Rockies were included on the Team USA roster. First-round WBC play will be held at the Salt River Fields complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., where the Rockies train. That was another enticement for Tulowitzki, who played just 47 games last season for the Rockies. He strained his left groin turning a double play in the second game of the season. On May 30, Tulowitzki aggravated ...
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