The injury to Tulowitzki couldn’t have come at a worse time
for either club. The Rockies sit 4.0 games back
in the NL West and Wildcard race while the Sky Sox are likewise fighting to reclaim the
top spot in the Pacific North. At 3.0 games back in the division, the Sky Sox
are furiously trying to make up the ground lost on their disastrous 8-game
losing streak three weeks ago.
With his promotion, Nelson is likely to see significant time
at second base while also slotting in at shortstop to spell Clint Barmes.
Former Sky Sox standout Jonathan Herrera also stands to see an uptick in
playing due to the injury, as Herrera and Barmes were the final two true middle
infielders remaining on the Rockies roster prior to Nelson’s promotion. Super-utilityman Melvin Mora also figures to see increased at-bats.
Nelson will be sorely missed in his absence from the Sky Sox
roster, which judging by the severity of Tulowitzki’s injury, could be as long
as six weeks. Since being reinstated from the
disabled list on May 8, Nelson had compiled a .311 average with five home runs
and 20 RBI in 132 at-bats. Nelson will be replaced by Eider Torres, who was
called up from AA Tulsa after batting .272 in 103 at-bats.