7/11/2013 10:28 P.M. ET
Rockies get sparkplug Fowler back
By William Boor / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler was activated off of the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday night's game at Dodger Stadium, and he returned to his usual place atop the batting order.
"Glad to be back," Fowler said. "You never know what God has for you. You've got to roll with the punches and keep going."
While the Rockies went just 5-9 while Fowler was recovering from a bone bruise in his right hand, he said he doesn't feel any pressure to jump-start the lineup with his return.
"I wanted to be out there more than anybody," Fowler said. "I'm just trying to get back and get on base for those guys, that's my role."
While the Rockies are looking forward to Fowler's offensive contributions -- he is hitting .291 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs this season -- left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is also looking forward to some defensive familiarity.
"We're used to playing right next to each other all the time," Gonzalez said. "He's a great player, too. He's one of the guys that's going to help this team."
Corey Dickerson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Spring to make room for Fowler on the 25-man roster. Dickerson hit .212 in 15 games with the Rockies.
Tulowitzki returns from disabled list
LOS ANGELES -- When Rockies manager Walt Weiss wrote the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers, Troy Tulowitzki was starting at shortstop and batting fourth.
However, that was tentative as the team wanted to make sure Tulowitzki -- who had not played since June 13 because of a broken rib -- felt OK after going through batting practice and the rest of his pregame routine.
Tulowitzki felt good to go and was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
"[We're] starting to get healthy again, and that's a good thing," Weiss said. "He's felt good swinging the bat. That hasn't been an issue. Down there in [Triple-A] Colorado Springs, he was letting it go."
In 61 games for the Rockies this season, Tulowitzki is hitting .347 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs.
While Tulowitzki feels fine swinging the bat, the team is not taking any chances with their All-Star shortstop, as he will wear a protective vest -- which Weiss described as similar to that which a quarterback wears -- beneath his jersey.
"The impact stuff, that's always a risk, but that's why he's got the protective pad there," Weiss said.
To make room for Tulowitzki on the 25-man roster, outfielder Tyler Colvin was optioned to Triple-A. Colvin has hit .160 in 27 games this season.
• Above the lockers in the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium are photos of some of the best players in baseball history. All of the players pictured are retired -- except for Todd Helton, whose photo was added Thursday. Helton's photo sits just to the left of former Rockies slugger Larry Walker.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.