ATLANTA -- One of baseball's most commonly held beliefs is September results can often be a mirage for teams out of the pennant race. With so many young players playing against each other with nothing to lose and trying to make a case for a job next year, hot streaks can often be blown out of proportion.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he always is wary of September success, especially when they happen against teams out of playoff contention.
"You need to be really careful," Tracy said. "You can really be misled. I would rather play against a club that had everything on the line day in and day out."
The Rockies will get that opportunity this week when they play a four-game series against the Braves, who lead the National League Wild Card race. Tracy is excited to see what his team can do.
Tracy said the Rockies' remaining series against the Braves, Giants and Dodgers will provide them with experience that can't be simulated at any level of baseball.
"To get an opportunity to play in a series against a club that is fighting for an opportunity to play very significant games in the month of October, you can't simulate that," Tracy said. "I'm very excited about it. I think it's going to increase and enhance the progress we've made with them up to this point."
Tulowitzki continues rehab with Triple-A squad
ATLANTA -- Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will continue his rehab assignment Monday in Triple-A Colorado Springs' final game of the season, serving as the designated hitter. Tulowitzki will have Tuesday off and then move to Double-A Tulsa for Wednesday and Thursday.
Tulowitzki is recovering from surgery on June 21 that removed scar tissue from a nerve in his left groin. He was scheduled to play shortstop at Colorado Springs today, but Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Tulowitzki is sore.
"It's understandable because he's been kind of pushing it on a fairly regular basis," Tracy said
Tulowitzki is scheduled to play five innings at shortstop Wednesday and seven innings Thursday.
Tulowitzki isn't the only member of the Rockies playing Minor League rehab games. Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will pitch Wednesday for Grand Junction, the Rockies' Rookie League affiliate.
Tracy said De La Rosa is scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches.
"It's really encouraging, I think I've been doing this somewhat off and on over the past few weeks, to be able to walk out here and talk to you guys about significant people that are now getting close to making their way back after having lost them for a significant amount of time," Tracy said.
Tracy said the Rockies have discussed calling up a few more players once Colorado Springs ends its season tonight. So far, the Rockies have only added three players (first baseman Jason Giambi and right-handers Guillermo Moscoso and Edgmer Escalona) since rosters expanded on Sept. 1.
With six Southern players on the roster, including Atlanta native Dexter Fowler, Tracy said he expected there to be a lot of Rockies fans at Turner Field this week. "There's a lot of Southern flavor in these Colorado Rockies," Tracy said. "I'm interested to see what that pass list looks like today."
Teddy Cahill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.