With their hazards flashing and steam flickering from the hood on this trip, the Rockies received good news late Tuesday night. Three-time all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and starting center fielder Dexter Fowler will rejoin the Rockies in Los Angeles on Thursday and be re-evaluated.

If deemed healthy, they both could be activated for the series against the Dodgers.

Tulowitzki went 3-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday night and has four hits in five at-bats for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Fowler went 0-for-3 with two walks for the Sky Sox.

The pair has been sorely missed. The Rockies are 8-16 since Tulowitzki broke the fifth rib on his right side diving for a groundball against the Nationals on June 13. Colorado’s offense has been limping through this month. The Rockies have scored seven runs in their past five games, and just three runs in the four losses.

Tulo, a two-time Gold Glove winner who has one error this season, and Fowler will also help defensively. The Rockies have used multiple center fielders in Fowler’s absence with sporadic results. Tyler Colvin and Corey Dickerson, who have received most of the starts, are also slumping. Colvin is batting .160 in 75 at-bats, and Dickerson, after a hot start, is hitting .188 in 32 at-bats.

Fowler has been particularly effective against left-handers, and the Rockies are scheduled to face Clayton Kershaw and possibly Chris Capuano in the four-game series against the National League’s hottest team.

Footnotes
–Two-time all-star Carlos Gonzalez will take batting practice on Wednesday to test his jammed right middle finger. He hopes to be play or be available to pinch hit. He has not played in this series.