DENVER, CO - JUNE 01: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on June 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Tulowitzki is currently on the 15-day disabled list. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Troy Tulowitzki was expected back at some point in August, but he's still working his way through a rehab stint.

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Troy Tulowitzki Has 'A Ways To Go,' Says Stu Cole

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki isn't close to returning to the Rockies -- at least if Stu Cole's input means anything.

Cole, the manager of the Colorado Spring Sky Sox, noticed that Tulowitzki isn't 100 percent.

"It's going to take some time for something like (groin surgery) to heal up," Sky Sox manager Stu Cole said. "He has a ways to go after that surgery."

Sunday, the Rockies' shortstop played the five innings he was scheduled for in the Sky Sox's 5-3 win over Las Vegas, but Cole says the star isn't back to full strength.

"You can't expect a guy to be 100 percent after a surgery like that," Cole said. "It's not realistic. It's just going to take some time.

The Rockies announced Monday morning that Tulowitzki will serve as Colorado Springs' designated hitter on Monday, and will then continue his rehab with the Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tulowitzki hasn't appeared in a game with the Rockies since May 30. Colorado's All-Star shortstop was enjoying a solid year, hitting .287/.360/.468 with eight home runs, before hitting the disabled list.

For the latest on all things Rockies, be sure to head over to Purple Row and join the discussion.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury Update: Rockies Shortstop Could Be Done For The Season, According To Report

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that SS Troy Tulowitzki's season could be over. His sources have indicated that Tulo, though recovering, may instead be shut down to ensure a healthy return in 2013, when the team will have a chance to reload and try for the NL West again.

The Colorado Rockies currently sit at 37-60 and 17.5 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants. Tulowitzki has played in only 47 games for the Rockies in 2012 and a combined 203 late appearances.

He appeared to be on track for a June return, but pulled himself from one of his rehab games with a strained left groin. The Rockies have begun to use rookie SS Josh Rutledge in his place.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage, visit Rockies blog Purple Row. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes from around the league.

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