The past became present Monday as Troy Tulowitzki, the former Gold Glove shortstop, reappeared during the Rockies' 9-1 win over the Rangers.

"Every time he passes a test it gives us a peace of mind," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's in a really good place."

Tulo provided the most significant highlight, charging a groundball and throwing off balance to erase the speedy Craig Gentry at first base. He moved easily, showing no hesitation. Tulowitzki has not been tested defensively since last May before he injured his left groin.

The two-time all-star shortstop was involved in three defensive plays Monday and had no issues.

"On that groundball, it came naturally. I didn't have to think about it. I just let my instincts take over," said Tulowitzki, who is not expected to play Tuesday as part of his planned early schedule.

He added a hard two-RBI single in his second at-bat. He has driven in three runs in four plate appearances.