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09/08/12 8:10 PM ET

Tulowitzki could be closing in on return

PHILADELPHIA -- The possibility that the Rockies will soon activate shortstop Troy Tulowitzki could be a step closer to reality after Saturday night. Tulowitzki was scheduled to play nine innings for Tulsa on Saturday night in Game 4 of the Texas League playoff series with Springfield.

Tulowitzki has been out since the end of May with a left groin injury that required surgery.

Tulowitzki played parts of Game 1 and Game 2 of the series, going 2-for-6 with a double and an RBI. Being slated for nine innings is a sign that Tulowitzki is moving past the tentativeness that has kept him from being activated.

"I don't definitively know what the answer to that question is," manager Jim Tracy said. "But with all the activity that Tulo is getting, the thought process is that at some point in time, we'd like to get him back here and get him involved in games between now and season's end. When exactly that will be? I haven't been told."

De La Rosa assured of additional rehab start

PHILADELPHIA -- Class A Modesto's victory in their first-round California League playoff series has given the Rockies a chance to assure left-hander Jorge De La Rosa of another rehab start.

De La Rosa, trying to complete a comeback from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last June, will start Monday at Modesto against Bakersfield in the opening game of the Cal League North Division Finals.

De La Rosa, who had two previous rehab assignments halted by inflammation in the arm, but appears to be past that, struck out five in three scoreless innings while pitching for Rookie League Grand Junction on Wednesday. Until Modesto advanced, it wasn't clear how De La Rosa would progress with his rehab.

Manager Jim Tracy said no pitch limit has been set for Monday, but it's likely to be 60-65.

McBride hopeful to play in front of familiar faces

PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies rookie Matt McBride grew up a Phillies fans and had opportunities to play in their stadiums -- old Veterans Stadium in high school tournaments and Citizens Bank Park while in college at Lehigh. But none equaled the thrill he was looking to experience on Saturday night.

McBride, 27, who came from Cleveland as part of the deal for pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, was in the lineup at first base for Saturday night's game against the Phillies.

Having grown up with Phillies fans has its advantages. McBride wasn't forced to hunt down tickets for large numbers of friends and family. Of course, rain delayed Saturday's game and threatened to force a Sunday doubleheader.

"A lot of my friends already had bought tickets," McBride said. "They were like, 'We already have tickets down the left-field line.' That helps me out a lot. They were probably like, 'I'll help him out and get some on my own. It would be unfair to him and his family'"

McBride was 4-for-25 in his first 11 Major League games. But at Triple-A Colorado Springs, McBride hit .344 with 10 home runs and 87 RBIs in 108 games. The versatile McBride plays first base, outfield and catcher.

"The year that he had in Triple-A is noteworthy and that is why he is on his second tour of duty with us at the big league level," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "With where he was at in Spring Training, and the progress that he has made this year, it's actually off the charts with what he's done offensively. We still haven't ruled out the possibility of this young man being able to catch a little bit. He plays some first base, he plays some outfield, and his bat is very intriguing."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.