Hurdle criticized Tulowitzki for swinging at a high first pitch and hitting into a double play in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's 8-1 loss at Atlanta.
"I don't want to be a Little League manager," Hurdle said. "I don't want to have to tell everybody that walks up there to take a strike."
Hurdle said he has talked "ad nauseam" about smart at-bats. He said benching Tulowitzki "makes a better statement than anything else I thought I could continue to do."