Rockies place Tulowitzki on DL

Tulowitzki leads the major leagues with a 1.035 OPS. Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies placed All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday due to a left hip flexor strain.

Tulowitzki, who has 21 home runs and 52 RBI, was injured in Saturday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and likely will be given plenty of time to recover with the Rockies 14 games back in the wild card race and 15 games back in the National League West.

“I think this is for the best,” Tulowitzki said. “I’ve already missed some time, and with where we are right now, we think this is the best move so I can get healthy.”

Tulowitzki has played in more than 130 games just three times in nine major league seasons, while appearing in only 47 games in 2012 and 126 last season.

He was the leading vote-getter in the National League for this year’s MLB All-Star Game and currently leads the league with a .340 batting average.