In his place, Josh Rutledge came in at shortstop. The 29-year-old came up grabbing his upper leg after running out an inning-ending grounder in the top of the fourth inning. He then exited the game for the dugout and Rutledge replaced him. He was 0-2 with a strikeout in the game prior to the injury.
The Rockies announced during the game that Tulowitzki left with a thigh cramp. It's not clear whether the injury would warrant a DL trip for the NL MVP candidate.
Troy Tulowitzki left tonight's game with a cramp in the tensor fascia latae of his left thigh. — Rockies PR (@RockiesPR) July 20, 2014
Aside from playing great defense this year, Tulowitzki is batting .342/.434/.607 with 21 homers and has driven in 52 runs. The injury comes less than a week after he was the starting shortstop for the National League at the All-Star Game in Minnesota this year. He was also the NL Home Run Derby captain.
The Rockies were 40-56 heading into Saturday night's game vs. the Pirates. They finish the series on Sunday.
- Marc Weinreich