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Troy Tulowitzki out 4-6 weeks with broken rib

Jun 13, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT

Troy Tulowitzki AP

UPDATE: Thomas Harding of reports that Tulowitzki is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. The Rockies will likely recall Josh Rutledge to replace him on the active roster, but it’s going to tough to hang around in the playoff race without him.

9:39 PM: Terrible news for the Rockies. Troy Renck of the Denver Post was told by major league sources that Tulowitzki was diagnosed with a broken rib on his right side following an MRI. He’s expected to face a lengthy absence.

9:33 PM: The Rockies have been one of baseball’s biggest surprises this season in part because Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez have been healthy and extremely productive, but today wasn’t very kind to them.

Tulowitzki injured his ribs on a diving stop in the eighth inning of this afternoon’s game against the Nationals. Rockies manager Walt Weiss told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s actually been dealing with soreness in the area for about a week. He’ll undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, but he could obviously miss an extended period of time if it turns out to be one of those nasty strained oblique muscles.

Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler also left today’s game due to injury, but both are considered day-to-day for now. In a freak play, Gonzalez was hit in the left foot by a foul ball off the bat of Jordan Pacheco when he was standing in the on-deck circle in the first inning. Fortunately for the Rockies, X-rays came back negative. Fowler was later hit in the hand by a pitch while pulling back on a bunt attempt in the third inning, but was diagnosed with a right ring finger contusion. While he’s dealing with some swelling and can’t grip the bat at the moment, it appears that Tulowitzki could miss the most time among the injured trio.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Certainly sucks for Tulo. This could lead to Jean Segura starting in the All Star game though and he would certainly be deserving.

  2. rcali - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Well Rockie fans, don’t let me be the one to tell you he’s probably taking the rest of the year off again. I know, I know, thumbs down from those who can’t handle the truth.

  3. 13arod - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    rcali the rockies are in playoff hunt if you haven’t noticed he will be back before season ends and of couse on my fanasty team got to find new shortstop

    • raysfan1 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Should be essentially pain free in 8 weeks, might be able to return a bit sooner; either way that is clearly before the end of the season.

  4. artthoumad - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    everyone talks about how Tulo is made of glass, but honestly this guy just has bad luck. obviously, when he’s on the field he’s an MVP. and I’m very mad that I need yo find another SS lol

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Eventually “bad luck” has to turn into “injury prone”.

      • paperlions - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        Yeah, if you break a rib just diving for a ball, you might be brittle.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      The guy gets hurt every year. What would you call it?

  5. redbirdfan81 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    He’ll never stay healthy throughout his career. Too bad as if he played 150+ games per year, he’d be HOF material. As he is now, he’s just another over-paid veteran on a less than average team. No wonder he signed that extension when he did.

  6. natslady - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Tulo was phenomenal in the series, he kept robbing hit after hit (he finally missed one today), not to mention his offense. If that’s the way he plays when he’s hurt—!!!

    There was a lotta weird stuff in the game. Dexter Fowler was leaning in for a bunt when he got hit in the hand, and his hand was on the bat. The ball was a strike, and it’s not clear why Fowler was awarded the HBP. We had this happen before, and there is no consistency on when umpires call a HBP on a bunt attempt. The umps called two balks (one by Bob Davidson), the second of which brought in the tying run. The pitcher was so mad he got ejected, but it’s clear he did balk (Davey says actually three times) although the second one was slight–he had already called attention to it by the first one.

    As noted, Cargo got hit while he was standing on deck. They have revamped Coors Field and put in extra seats near home plate, so there is not a lot of space there, but batters do stand too close, trying to get a good look at the pitcher’s stuff. Tulo was involved in a collision at 2B (runner–Bernadina–was safe, but hurt his shoulder, not seriously we think) and then he dove for a ball, not clear which play led to the injury or if he already had a cracked rib.

  7. thebadguyswon - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Health is the sixth tool and Tulo does not have it.

  8. frosted21 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Thats too bad, he was on an MVP pace. Yadi Molina may just be the NL favorite now. Not even halfway but still.

    • tuberippin - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:47 AM

      Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto, Buster Posey…

  9. mungman69 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    This guy is always hurt.

  10. winningwarlock - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    It’s always something with this guy…

  11. RoyHobbs39 - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Any doctors or recent victims of a broken rib…Anyone know the treatment for a broken rib? I know they used to tape you up (or wrap you up). But I understand now that they do not do much of anything for it. My mother recently broke a rib and the doctor said they do not do anything for it now but tell you to rest. They discovered taping does no good. Is that true? Or did my mother just have a lazy doc? Is there anything that an athlete can do to make it heal faster? Other than drink his milk? Curious.

  12. unlost1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Fantasy killer again this year. i just traded my back up SS Jean Segura last week. DOH!

  13. joerymi - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    I hate to agree with Larry Bowa, but I think he is correct here. You cannot proclaim a guy best at a position if he doesn’t stay on the field.

  14. xjokerz - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Idk why I still own him In fantasy. Every damn year he does this… Dude can never stay healthy

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