Tulowitzki holds off treatment

Tulowitzki holds off treatment

DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki chose rest over treatment for his strained left quadriceps, so Colorado won't know until Tuesday if or for how long he'll be forced out of the lineup.

Tulowitzki missed 47 games last year with a torn left quadriceps tendon, and the injury he suffered Sunday was during a 3-2 victory over the Marlins. At least Sunday's injury wasn't bad enough to force him out of the game immediately. He was hurt reaching for an errant throw to second base from pitcher Aaron Cook in the sixth inning, but didn't leave the game until the ninth.

Tulowitzki indicated after the game that he would go to Coors Field for treatment on Monday, the team's day off. But a club official said Monday afternoon that Tulowitzki elected not to report to the stadium. The team will evaluate him before Tuesday's game against the Astros at Coors Field.

The Rockies can move second baseman Clint Barmes to shortstop, and Barmes has the ability to play short for extended periods. Colorado also has Ian Stewart, who plays second, and Omar Quintanilla, who can play any infield position, to cover for an absence in the short or long term.

Losing Tulowitzki for any period is a blow to the Rockies, who have lacked consistency all season and trail the National League West-leading Dodgers by 8 1/2 games. Tulowitzki has hit .326 (14-for-43) over his last 12 games to improve his batting average from .167 to .237.

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