DENVER (AP) – Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki learned Saturday he was heading to the All-Star Game again as an injury replacement.
It’s his fifth appearance in the All-Star Game where he’ll join fellow Rockies infielders Nolan Arenado (third baseman) and D.J. LeMahieu (second baseman) at the mid-summer classic. The Rockies shortstop is replacing Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, who dislocated his left thumb on Saturday against the Reds.
Tulowitzki said what makes this return trip to the All-Star game special for him is the chance to go with his young teammates. Arenado and LeMahieu are both first-time All Stars. LeMahieu is slated to start after the injury to Gordon.
“Those guys, when they were young, I tried to do my best to put my hands on them and make them good baseball players and understand the game, and hopefully they say that I helped them,” Tulowitzki said. “At the same time, when they’re going to an All- Star game, you want to join them.”
It is the first time in the Rockies’ history that the team has been represented by three infielders at the All-Star game.
“Hopefully, we’ll get a chance, maybe late in the game there, to play, the three Rockies infielders,” Tulowitzki said. “That would be pretty cool. That would be neat for the organization and for us three, because we are so close and good friends.”
Tulowitzki went hitless in four at-bats with a walk in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Atlanta, snapping his career-long 21-game hitting streak. But his walk helped the Rockies rally in the ninth for the win and extended to 37 games his career-high streak in which he has reached base.
He hit .354 with two home runs, two doubles and 13 RBIs during his hitting streak, which was the longest in the majors this season and tied for fifth longest in team history.
His five All-Star selections also tied him with Todd Helton for most in Rockies history.
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