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The Colorado Rockies routinely have a difficult time with the Philadelphia Phillies, and being without at least Troy Tulowitzki isn't likely to help them change that.
With Tulowitzki out and the status of Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler uncertain, the Rockies go for a rare win over the Phillies in the opener of this three-game series at Coors Field on Friday night.
Colorado (35-32) has dropped 29 of its last 37 meetings - including playoffs - with Philadelphia, including 12 of 15 at home thanks in large part to a 6.31 ERA.
However, it's the offense that is a bigger concern heading into the teams' first matchup of 2013, specifically Tulowitzki.
The All-Star shortstop and cleanup hitter is out at least four weeks with a broken rib on his right side, suffered while diving for a grounder in Thursday's 5-4 loss to Washington.
"When he came off, it was very evident he was done," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website of Tulowitzki, the team leader with a .347 average and second with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.
Weiss may also be without Gonzalez and Fowler, who also were hurt Thursday. Gonzalez was hit by a foul ball waiting on deck in the first inning and suffered a bruised left foot, while Fowler was hit by a pitch on the right hand after squaring to bunt in the third.
They're considered day-to-day.
Gonzalez is batting .299 with team highs of 18 homers and 52 RBIs, while Fowler is hitting .404 with 13 runs over the past 12 games.
The Rockies could be hard-pressed to snap a five-game skid against the Phillies without three of their best hitters.
Gonzalez is hitting .365 over his last 15 meetings, going 11 for 23 (.478) in five home matchups. Fowler is 9 for 20 over his past five games with Philadelphia (32-35).
The Phillies are hoping a series with the Rockies can get them rolling again after ending a season-high five-game slide with Thursday's 3-2 win at Minnesota. They had won five straight prior to that losing streak.
Michael Young and Ben Revere are providing an offensive spark of late. Young is 12 for 29 (.414) over the past seven games and Revere has seven hits with a triple and three runs in the last two.
Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22 ERA) looks to continue his run of solid outings for Philadelphia. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts, losing his last outing 4-3 at Milwaukee on Saturday after allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Kendrick is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in six road starts, but the last two have been his worst of the season. He's yielded eight runs in 11 innings in those games.
His last start at Coors Field on Aug. 2, 2011, was by far the best of the four he's had there. Kendrick limited the Rockies to four hits in eight innings of a 5-0 victory.
Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61) is scheduled to counter for Colorado, seeking to end a four-start winless stretch.
The right-hander was superb through the first five innings Sunday against San Diego, retiring the first 16 batters before allowing two runs and leaving after the sixth of an 8-7 win in 10.
He is 1-4 with an 8.17 ERA in six career starts against NL East teams.
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Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will be out between four and six weeks with a broken rib.
Colorado Rockies spokesman Nick Piura said an MRI Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture.
Tulowitzki was injured diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss Thursday to the Washington Nationals.
Tulowitzki told the Denver Post in a text that he was in a lot of pain and was upset...
The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list on Friday, and the star shortstop could miss up to six weeks because of a broken rib.
Team spokesman Nick Piura said an MRI taken Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture. Tulowitzki was injured earlier in the day while diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.
The Colorado Rockies will be without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for 4-6 weeks weeks. Tulowitzki has a broken rib on his right side.
For weeks Tulowitzki has dealt with sore ribs. He aggravated the injury on Thursday diving for a ground ball and an MRI later revealed the broken rib.
The Rockies are expected to call upo Josh Rutledge prior to the start of Friday’s game.
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The Colorado Rockies not only lost last night’s contest to
the Washington Nationals, but they lost shortstop and MVP candidate Troy
Tulowitzki for the foreseeable future. Prior to his rib injury, Tulo was red-hot
for the Rockies (.347/.413/.635) so the timing couldn’t be much worse.
The Rockies are expecting to be without Tulowitzki for four to six weeks. However, rib...
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Once again the Colorado Rockies have lost shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a major injury. The the accident-prone star infielder has a broken rib that will probably sideline him for a couple of months.
This is very bad news for a Rockies team that has been fighting for first place in the NL West for the past two months. Colorado (currently second in...
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the team’s game against the Washington Nationals on Thursday to have an MRI on his right side. Tests revealed the All-Star has a broken rib and he is likely going to miss four to six weeks as a result.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss claimed Tulowitzki had been sore for “about a week” but aggravated the injury on Thursday when he tried...
The rib pain that had been bothering Troy Tulowitzki for the last couple weeks was no minor thing. He underwent an MRI yesterday that revealed a fractured rib. There will be no more playing through the pain for the Rockies' star shortstop. He will land on the DL.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post says Tulowitzki probably aggravated or exacerbated the injury on a diving...
The fantasy baseball injury bug took a dip in the shallow shortstop pool once again on Thursday. Troy Tulowitzki's broken rib will cost him and his owners 4-6 weeks on the disabled list joining Jose Reyes (who begins a rehab assignment tonight) and Hanley Ramirez who, although currently active, has hit the DL twice this season. Tulo, Reyes and Ramirez were the top three fantasy...
Troy Tulowitzki was diagnosed with a broken rib in his right side after an MRI on Thursday night and will be headed to the disabled list.Tulowitzki left Thursday’s game with Washington in the eighth inning after diving for a ground ball.Earlier today we reported that Carlos Gonzalez had taken a foul ball off the bat of Jordan Pacheco and left the same game. Dexter Fowler was...
Colorado Rockies outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler have left Thursday's game against Washington after getting injured.
Gonzalez was hit near the ankle by a foul ball while on deck in the first inning and exited with a bruised left foot. The Rockies said X-rays were negative and listed the All-Star left fielder as day to day.
Fowler was hit on the right hand by a...
Damaged Goods Troy Tulowitzki came into Thursday with a .347 batting average, 16 HR and 51 RBI while leading the National League in slugging percentage (.635) and OPS (1.048). Tulo has always been a top offensive producer from the shortstop position when healthy, and he’s been reasonably healthy this year after missing four months with [...]
An MRI on Thursday revealed that Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has a broken rib on his right side, reports The Denver Post. “I’m just really upset. I worked so hard (to get back),” Tulowitzki said in a text to The Post. “I’m in a lot of pain right now; I’m not sure how
The Colorado Rockies signed pitcher Jonathan Gray on Wednesday and then put up their top draft pick in a luxury suite to watch a game at Coors Field.
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