- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street bruised the right side of his abdomen when he was hit by a line drive in batting practice Tuesday.

The team said he was sent home to rest and his availability will be on a day-to-day basis.

The accident quickly changed the mood for the Rockies, who were regaling in the return of All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the disabled list.

Street was taken off the field in an ambulance and transported to an emergency room for further examination.

Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said that Street passed out “two or three times” and had ringing in his ears after being struck by the baseball off the bat of Ian Stewart as Street warmed up in right field. Street also complained of pain down his right leg and stomach discomfort.

“Right on the pelvis. You could see a black-and-blue mark,” Dugger said. “He’d hold his breath when he felt discomfort and pain.”

Stewart went into the right field corner to check on his teammate soon after the incident.

“I was hoping it wasn’t going to hit anybody. I thought it hit him in the arm,” Stewart said. “I saw him down there and told him I was sorry. He said, ‘At least you hit the ball hard.’ It’s just one of those trends that continues for us so far this year.”

The Rockies have been hit hard by injuries this season. But they were looking on the bright side Tuesday, especially after a woeful road trip.

After all, they were getting Tulowitzki back.

The slick-fielding shortstop was activated after missing nearly six weeks with a broken left wrist. At first, the Rockies didn’t miss their best player, going 15-7 without him.

But they went 2-9 on a brutal three-city trip after the break that dropped Colorado eight games behind NL West leader San Diego.

With their leader’s return, the Rockies were hoping this would be the spark to get them rolling again.

“Getting Tulo back, we’re expecting a lot of good things,” said Clint Barmes, who will shift from shortstop back to second base and platoon with Jonathan Herrera. “Having him back in our lineup is only going to make us stronger, is only going to make us better. I don’t know if you want to say savior or not, but it’s pretty important for us to have him back.”

No pressure there.

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