SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki returned to Denver to have an MRI on his left leg, forcing the Rockies to make a flurry of roster moves Wednesday.
Second baseman Jonathan Herrera was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and inserted into the Rockies lineup against the San Francisco Giants. Clint Barmes, who has started 10 games at second base for Colorado, played shortstop in Tulowitzki's absence.
To make room for Herrera the Rockies placed right-hander Kip Wells on the 15-day disabled list with a blood clot in his pitching hand. Wells left the team Tuesday to see a hand specialist in Denver, where the diagnosis was made.
The Rockies also recalled infielder Omar Quintanilla from Colorado Springs to take the roster spot left open when left-hander Franklin Morales was optioned to the team's Triple-A club.
Tulowitzki might also be headed for the DL.
The Rockies' 23-year-old shortstop was injured during the first inning of Colorado's 3-2 win over San Francisco on Tuesday. Tulowitzki seemed to initially hurt himself while throwing to first base on Eugenio Velez's grounder then later aggravated it while bending over to stop Aaron Rowand's single.
He grimaced and grabbed his left hip and lower back area before walking gingerly off the field while accompanied by the Rockies' athletic trainer. The injury was later diagnosed as an upper left quadriceps strain.
Tulowitzki is batting only .152 with one home run and 11 RBIs.
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