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Tulowitzki plans to play in the World Baseball Classic

Troy Tulowitzki is feeling healthy enough to put his groin to the test playing baseball, but not for the Colorado Rockies.

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Tulowitzki will attempt to be cleared following a workout and be added to the Team USA World Baseball Classic preliminary roster next week.

“I talked with the (Rockies’) coaches a lot about it,” Tulowitzki said on Tuesday. “We all know this is a pretty cool opportunity. Spring training you only go so hard. I really like the idea of getting tested right off the bat.”

Last season, the Rockies All-Star shortstop played a career-low 47 games after having surgery to remove scar tissue from his groin on June 21. At season’s end, Tulowitzki’s leg tested at only 60 percent on a strength test.

“I can’t wait to play nine innings again,” Tulo added. “Hopefully, that will answer some questions right away.”

The opening round of games of the WBC will be held at Salt River Field, which is also the Rockies’ spring training facility, beginning on Mar. 7.

The Rockies full squad is expected to report to spring training on Feb. 16.


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