Walt Weiss wanted to see for himself.
There are a number of things he needs to be successful in his first year as the Rockies' manager and having Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup regularly ranks near the top of the list.
So Weiss and Rockies trainer Keith Dugger went to Las Vegas a few weeks ago to watch Tulo work out, testing the surgically repaired left groin that sidelined the all-star shortstop the final four months last season.
"I wanted to check with him and I thought it was important that it was face to face. Doogie and I put some eyes on him," Weiss said before heading to Scottsdale, Ariz., a few days ahead of the pitchers and catchers report date. "He looked 100 percent. Watching him, I would have never known he was hurt."
Tulowitzki has made strides this offseason after extensive physical therapy and flexibility exercises. He has been taking groundballs and hitting for several weeks. He performed both skills for Weiss and also ran the bases.
Tulowitzki wanted to test his leg in the World Baseball Classic as a member of Team USA, but insurance issues regarding his contract will preclude his participation in the WBC.
"I played at the end of the year (in an instructional league game) at 60 percent. I feel 10 times better now than I did then," Tulowitzki said. "I am just anxious to play. There's no reason not to get out there right away."
Tulowitzki, 28, was limited to 181 at-bats last season because of a groin injury that first surfaced while turning a double play during the second game of the season. He landed on the disabled list in May and, after a setback during a rehab assignment, underwent surgery in June. Tulowitzki finished in the top eight in the National League MVP voting in the three previous seasons.
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Troy Tulowitzki impresses new Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss
Denver Post | Feb 8