There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Troy Tulowitzki is an elite player and that the Rockies are better with him in the lineup. What is being questioned is whether he should return this season.

For the first time since he underwent surgery to repair his left groin June 21, Tulowitzki turned double plays Wednesday before the game. Typically, this drill would amount to mindless calisthenics. But what the two-time all-star shortstop said afterward made it seem more significant.