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MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH

CHICAGO -- Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki isn't with the team and was in Philadelphia on Monday for a medical procedure the team hopes will speed his recovery from a left hip injury.

But it was what Tulowitzki did on Sunday, en route to Philadelphia, that created a stir. He attended a New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium to watch his idol, Derek Jeter, play in person -- and that drew a wave of criticism from fans and media because the Rockies were playing at the same time.

The fact that some have speculated that Tulowitzki would be the perfect replacement for Jeter in New York next season just fueled the flames.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss, though, believes everyone should just calm down.

"I don't think Tulo expected it to blow up like it did," Weiss said before the Rockies played the Chicago Cubs on Monday. "It was a pretty innocent situation that got carried away because of all the rumors in the winter about him and the Yankees and Jeter and all that stuff fueled fire.

"But he told me he was gonna see his mom before he had the procedure done and she was in New York. I think a lot more was made of it than it actually was."

Besides, it's rare that any player gets to take in a game like an actual fan.

"He had a day where he could see a guy that he's tried to emulate for a long time, probably for the last time, in Derek Jeter," Weiss said. "I think it was pretty innocent."


MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 43-62

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Rockies (LHP Jorge De La Rosa, 11-6, 4.19 ERA) at Cubs (RHP Edwin Jackson, 5-11, 5.68 ERA)


--SS Troy Tulowitzki caused quite a stir when he made a stop in New York to catch a Yankees game on his way to Philadelphia for a dry needling procedure on his injured left hip. The hope is the procedure -- tiny needles are poked into the injured area to create slight blood flow -- will supposedly promote quicker healing. "Hopefully, the procedure he had done today speeds up the recovery," manager Walt Weiss said. "I think that's the thought, but let's see how that goes. He's got some time before he's eligible to come off the DL. I think we'll have a pretty good idea when we get to the end of that time frame." Tulowitzki is eligible to return Aug. 4.

--OF Carlos Gonzalez still was trying to shake off the effects of a great diving catch he made on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gonzalez made a long dive to catch the ball and was completely horizontal when he caught it and then hit the ground hard. He didn't start Sunday but came into the game. He made another good diving catch on Monday, racing in to snare the drive hit by pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to end the third inning.

--1B Justin Morneau was scheduled to play in a rehab game Monday night. He is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. "It's possible that he could be with us tomorrow," manager Walt Weiss said. "It just depends on how it goes tonight. You make those decisions after the fact."