Rockies 'very encouraged' by Tulowitzki, Gonzalez in camp

Weiss says pair won't be rushed to see game action in return from injuries

Rockies 'very encouraged' by Tulowitzki, Gonzalez in camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's just two days, but any two with Rockies stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez on the field without pain are good ones.

Manager Walt Weiss said Tulowitzki, who had a torn hip labrum repaired last August, and Gonzalez, who had left knee surgery in the same month, will begin running the bases next week -- earlier than later, if all goes well.

Tulowitzki was even seen diving for a grounder Saturday morning while taking infield practice. He downplayed it -- after all, it's about getting through a season, not an early Spring Training workout.

CarGo ready to get to work

They won't be playing in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against the D-backs and Weiss isn't concerned about having them in games early in spring. Still, both are on the field, so it's a happy time around Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

"There are still some things they need to do on the field before they're even ready to go into a game -- running bases, specifically," Weiss said. "Last year, we'd have been very happy with the way they're at right now when we thought about their recovery and everything they had to go through. With where they are now, we're very encouraged by it."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.