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07/21/2008 5:48 PM ET
SS Troy Tulowitzki, RHP Kip Wells reinstated from disabled list
IF Joe Koshansky, RHP Juan Morillo optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs
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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies announced this afternoon that the club has reinstated shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the 15-day disabled list. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Kip Wells has been reinstated from the 60-day DL. To make room for the players on the roster, infielder Joe Koshansky and right-handed pitcher Juan Morillo have been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Both Tulowitzki and Wells will be in uniform for tonight's game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wells is scheduled to start tonight's game, which would be his first start since Opening Day at St. Louis.

Tulowitzki, 23, is hitting .166 (25-for-151) with 3 home runs and 16 RBI in 39 games for the Rockies this season. The team's primary shortstop has been on the DL with a right hand laceration since July 5, missing 13 games in that span. He has missed a total 60 games while on the DL this season, as he also missed 47 games with a left quadriceps tendon tear from April 30-June 20. Tulowitzki has started 38 games at shortstop for the Rockies in 2008. Last season, he set the major league record for fielding percentage by a rookie shortstop. Overall, he compiled one of the best rookie seasons ever by a shortstop, finishing as the National League rookie leader in hits (177), RBI (99), runs (104), doubles (33), walks (57), multi-hit games (48) and total bases (292). He finished second to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, only two points behind Braun.

The 31-year-old Wells has missed 74 games since he was placed on the DL on April 30 (retroactive to April 29) with a blood clot in his right hand. He last pitched on April 28 at San Francisco, as he walked the only two batters he faced in a relief appearance. Wells underwent successful surgery on May 6 to remove blood clots from his right hand. The procedure was performed by Dr. Rob Thompson at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

The veteran right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA (19.2 ip, 7 er) in 10 games (one start) for the Rockies this season. He was the Rockies' Opening Day starter on April 1 at St. Louis (Jeff Francis was scheduled to start the original season opener, which was rained out the day before). Wells has pitched in 241 games since his debut with the White Sox in 1999. He is 65-92 with a 4.59 ERA (1210.1 ip, 617 er). He signed with Colorado as a free agent on December 18, 2007.

Koshansky, 26, batted .182 (4-for-22) with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in eight games for the Rockies from July 5-20. He hit his first major league home run, a 465-foot shot, in first career start on July 5 vs. Florida. Colorado's sixth round selection in the 2004 June Draft, Koshansky is in his fifth professional season in the Rockies organization. He was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs last season and made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter on Sept. 1, 2007. The first baseman finished his major league season 1-for-12 (.083) with a double and 2 RBI in 17 games.

Morillo, 24, was recalled from Colorado Springs last Friday (July 18) and appeared in one game for the Rockies. He pitched 1.0 scoreless inning yesterday afternoon vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has made six appearances, including one start, for the Rockies since his major league debut in 2006.
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