When the worst season in Rockies history ended, nobody, if only briefly, was untouchable. The brass discussed every scenario as a way to address deficiencies. Fantasy baseball has given way to reality — there are likely no blockbusters this week at baseball's annual winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

While there undoubtedly will be rumors that the Rockies will look to move two-time all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki — the Cardinals were among those who called — team ownership has said he's not going anywhere. But he's moving better, a sprinkle of good news for a team that has been overshadowed by the roster moves of its National League West rivals.

After missing the final four months of the season following a left groin injury that required surgery to remove scar tissue, Tulowitzki has made significant progress in his recovery.

He's expected to be fully cleared this month, as the strength in his leg has slowly and finally returned after beginning the offseason at less than 60 percent.

"I am feeling a lot better," Tulowitzki said.

When asked if he was 100 percent healthy, he joked that he was at 98 percent. It has been a mentally draining process for Tulowitzki, who had hoped to play in the season's final weeks, but his leg left him tentative and compromised running the bases and playing defense. Through work with a physical therapist in Las Vegas, the Rockies' Gold Glove winner has made steady strides this winter. He's taking steps to prevent further leg problems, adding more flexibility exercises and even yoga.

Tulowitzki batted .287 with a .360 on-base percentage, hitting eight home runs in 47 games, the fewest he has ever played in a season. At 28, he's entering the prime of his career at a time when questions surround the Rockies' franchise. Fan favorite Walt Weiss, a player Tulowitzki grew up watching in the Oakland-area as a boy, replaced Jim Tracy as a manager, agreeing to a one-year deal. During their recent local radio tour, owner Dick Monfort and general manager Dan O'Dowd said they wanted Weiss to be with the Rockies long term.

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