In what has already been a tumultuous season for the struggling Colorado Rockies, news surfaced today that confirmed Troy Tulowitzki will have season ending hip surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Tulo has been plagued with leg injuries for most of his career, but he believes this latest surgery will go a long way in helping to eliminate future lower body issues. Tulo told The Denver Post he hopes this is the solution to the many injuries he has had.
"I'm looking forward to getting back and playing the game I love.
"I will do everything I can to perform at a high level for the rest of my career. This should answer a lot of leg issues I have had in my past," Tulowitzki said.
The surgery will be done by Dr. Marc Philippon in Vail, CO this coming Friday. Tulowitzki will have plenty of time to heal up for the 2015 season, but hopefully by the time spring training rolls around next year, things will look drastically different.
For most of the 2014 season, Tulowitzki has stayed fairly healthy and been extremely productive for the Colorado Rockies. Tulo has been invaluable in the 91 games he has played this year, driving in 52 runs, hitting 21 homers and finishing with a .341 average.
This is certainly the final blow for a team that is in the midst of one of the worst losing skids in team history. While Rockies management and fans can only hope this surgery is the answer they've been waiting for with Tulo, the team's issues are far deeper than their star shortstop missing the remainder of an already lost season.
Questions surrounding the effectiveness of not only management, but ownership as well, have brought up the topic of whether or not team owners, Dick and Charlie Monfort, will ultimately sell the team. Fans have become increasingly impatient with the repetitive decision-making from the top of the organization to the bottom, which has led to what will likely be the Rockies' fifth straight season without making the playoffs.
For a team that has historically been a bottom dweller in Major League Baseball, making the playoffs only a mere three times in its history, the Colorado Rockies organization has some serious soul-searching to do. Do they continue to take advantage of the apathy-ridden Rockies' fanbase or put aside their ambivalent ownership and let another take the reigns of this troubled franchise?
We always hold out hope for what could be, but we'll most likely see a lot of the same this time next year. The definition of insanity lives at 20th and Blake.