Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been benched for a game by manager Clint Hurdle.
Hurdle criticized Tulowitzki for swinging at a high, first pitch and hitting into a double play in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 8-1 loss at Atlanta.
"I don't want to be a Little League manager," Hurdle said. "I don't want to have to tell everybody that walks up there to take a strike."
Hurdle said he has talked "ad nauseam" about smart at-bats. He said benching Tulowitzki "makes a better statement than anything else I thought I could continue to do."
Hurdle started Omar Quintanilla at shortstop instead of Tulowitzki on Wednesday night against the Braves. Slumping third baseman Garrett Atkins made his first start in five games.
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