The Colorado Rockies announced today that All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and former AL MVP Jason Giambi will continue their rehabilitation assignment with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 29. Both Major Leaguers are scheduled to play for the Sky Sox against the Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics) in the team’s 6:05 PM start at Security Service Field. The length of their assignment with the Sky Sox will be determined by a day-to-day evaluation. The Sox are in the midst of their final home stand of the season with just seven games left to play in the regular season. Tulowitzki has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a groin injury and Giambi is on the mend from a viral infection and has been out since July 21.
Tulowitzki, 27, will be making his fourth appearance as a member of the Sky Sox. The talented young shortstop originally skipped the Triple-A Sky Sox all together in 2007 when he won the starting shortstop job with the Rockies. He went on to hit .291 (177-for-609) with 24 homers and 99 RBI as he finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year Award and helped the Rockies reach their first ever World Series.
In 2008, Tulowitzki suffered a left quadriceps tendon tear and rehabbed with the Sky Sox in June of that year.
During that two game stint, Tulowitzki hit .429 (3-for-7) with a double, two runs scored and a RBI. In 2010, a fractured left hand sent Tulowitzki to the Sky Sox on rehab and he hit .250 (1-for-4) with a run scored and a walk in two games. Finally, earlier this year Tulowitzki attempted his first comeback from his current groin injury and hit a two-run home run in his first at bat and a single in his second before coming out of the game with further injury.
Giambi, 41, will be starting his third stint in a Sky Sox uniform as he previously played for Colorado Springs in 2009 after the Rockies signed him as a minor league free agent in August of that year. In six games, Giambi hit .444 (8-for-18) with two homers, four RBI and four runs scored before the Rockies purchased his contract and called him up when rosters expanded on September 1. In 2011, Giambi rehabbed with the Sox in August of that year after straining his left quadriceps. He played in three games with the Sox and hit .429 (3-for-7) with two runs scored and three RBI.
In his career, Giambi has established himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game. The 2000 American League MVP has hit 429 Major League home runs while playing with the A’s, Yankees and Rockies from 1995-2012