Tulowitzki Out After Getting Hit On Elbow

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Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was out of the lineup Thursday afternoon against Houston, one day after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch.

Tulowitzki said he should be back for the start of Colorado's three-game series Friday night at Pittsburgh.

He was hit in the left elbow by Houston pitcher Alberto Arias in the seventh inning of the Astros' 15-11 win Wednesday night. He left the game feeling numbness in his left hand.

Tulowitzki said feeling had returned to his fingers by Thursday morning but the Rockies wanted to keep him out of the lineup as a precaution.

Tulowitzki left Sunday's game with a left quadriceps strain but was able to play Tuesday. He missed 46 games in 2008 after suffering a left quadriceps tear on April 29.

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