Tulowitzki could soon be back in Rockies lineup

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DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies are hoping to have Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup for the final month of the season.

Not to help in a playoff chase -- way too late for that -- but simply for peace of mind.

The All-Star shortstop has been sidelined since late May with a groin injury that eventually required surgery. The team wants him back on the field so he's not thinking about the injury all offseason. There's also this: Rockies manager Jim Tracy hopes Tulowitzki can start building chemistry with infielder Josh Rutledge.

Tulowitzki was scheduled to play with Double-A Tulsa on Monday before returning to Denver for more evaluation. Should all go well, Tulowitzki will be sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs for a few games and may be back in early September.