Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) is working out but not doing any baseball related activities. Manager Walt Weiss said: "I'm encouraged that maybe it won't be as long as I thought..."
The rough estimate for his return is mid-August, but the fact that he's not doing anything baseball related right now makes it surprising that Weiss is speaking so confidently. The workouts are obviously the first step and he could start ramping up activities pretty quickly, but until you see that he is taking grounders in the infield and running the bases at full speed, you should probably hedge your expectations. We'll continue to update regularly here, but you may want to count on him coming back later in the month than sooner.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter