Just days days before the regular-season opener, Troy Tulowitzki is ready to go. It's not that the Rockies' star shortstop has been tentative during spring training, but he had not quite gone full out. He was still checking, just a bit, to see how his surgically repaired groin would respond. Until Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians, that is, when he made a typical, charging, Tulo-like play on a grounder, and also raced down the first-base line to negate a would-be double play and drive in a run. "I really like where I'm at physically," Tulowitzki said Tuesday. "Last night was encouraging and I felt really good out there, especially defensively. I got a chance to run the bases and I was excited that I didn't have to think about anything. It was my baseball instincts just taking over. I was very encouraged." The groin injury limited Tulowitzki to just 47 games last season. Garland's contract. Newly acquired right-handed starter Jon Garland has plenty of incentive to pitch well, based on his contract. According to figures obtained by The Denver Post, the veteran right-hander can earn an additional $2.6 million for innings pitched and games started. Garland agreed to a $500,000 base contract Sunday that fully vests if he's on the 25-man roster for 45 days. He made his debut Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garland will begin the season in the Rockies rotation, leaving Drew Pomeranz more time to work on his off-speed pitches in Triple-A. After a strong camp for the Mariners, Garland opted out of his contract when it was clear he was not going to make the club. His Rockies' deal includes $1.35 million in escalators for innings pitched, beginning at 105 innings and maximizing at 195. In addition, he can make $1.25 million for starts, beginning at 20 and capping at 32.
Troy Tulowitzki ready to go all out for regular season
Denver Post | Mar 27