by Alex Poletti
Another setback arose for the now-retired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowtizki on Sunday, as he re-tore his ACL on his first day as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Texas Longhorns. According to sources on site, the injury occurred while Tulowitzki was hitting grounders during an infield practice.
“It was pretty gruesome, honestly,” junior infielder David Hamilton says. “He was taking some light swings with a fungo bat and he just crumpled. I think he knew he shouldn’t have been swinging that hard.”
This is another injury in a long line of woes that have plagued the Gold Glover’s career. After signing with the Yankees before the 2019 season, the former first round pick lasted five games before his ACL gave out. Instead of trying to make another comeback, Tulowitzki decided to call it quits and live an injury-free life as a coach.
“I definitely wanted to stay involved in baseball, but I got injured so much that I couldn’t really play,” the Colorado Rockie legend says. “[Texas head coach David] Pierce was glad to have me on board. They actually had a pretty tough season with a lot of injuries, so he wanted a guy with injury experience to help the team out with that.”
Despite his best intentions, the glass-human hybrid couldn’t stay healthy for long. According to Pierce, Tulo only stretched for 1 ½ hours before the practice, less than the shortstop’s 4 hours recommended by his physical therapist.
“He was really excited to get out there and work with the kids,” Pierce recalls. “He went down on the swing, but it was really stepping out of the dugout that got him aggravated. It looked like he just wasn’t being careful and took an average-sized step. That was just too much for him.”
Now, Tulowitzki looks to be out of action for at least 28 months while he recovers. He hopes to take some time to reflect on how to keep himself healthy while also giving 100% to the students he now coaches.
“It’s really tough, because I want to be out there and be physical, maybe give them some pointers in the field,” Tulowitzki explains. “But if I move at all, I’m likely to break a tibia or something.”
Once considered to be the brightest shortstop in baseball, Tulowitzki’s career fell off after 2012, when he was limited to just 47 games due to injury. He only had one season above 130 games for the rest of his career, but his stats suffered mightily.
Tulowitzki attempted to speak further to reporters, but his trachea apparently gave out after a few sentences.