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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.
''I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It's a big loss for us,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Friday before Colorado hosted the Philadelphia Phillies.
''It's also an opportunity for our team to step up and do what I think we've done well all season and that's respond to adversity,'' Weiss said. ''We're not going to make up that type of production regardless of who plays but there's no doubt in my mind we can still win games and be a factor in this race throughout the season.''
Tulowitzki told the Denver Post in a text that he was in a lot of pain and was upset after working so hard to come back from an injury-plagued 2012 season.
He underwent season-ending groin surgery last June, and the Rockies stumbled through a franchise-worst 98-loss campaign.
Colorado has been much more competitive this year, and a big reason is Tulowitzki, who ranks second in the NL with a .347 batting average, third in homers (16) and fourth in RBIs (51).
''It's tough on him,'' Weiss said. ''He worked really hard this offseason. He worked really hard every day to prepare himself to play. So there's a lot of frustration that goes along with that.
''It's going to be tough for him in the short term. I told him just make sure to keep your mind right because we're going to need you to lead us to a pennant, so get ready to do that.''
Tulowitzki was the most seriously injured among three Rockies starters who left Thursday's game.
Carlos Gonzalez exited with a bruised left foot when he was struck while in the on-deck circle by a foul ball hit by teammate Jordan Pacheco in the first inning. Center fielder Dexter Fowler was hit on the right hand by a pitch from Ross Detwiler when he squared to bunt in the third.
Weiss said Gonzalez told him he was healthy enough to play Friday.
''He's not going to be 100 percent but he said he was good enough to play,'' Weiss said. ''Putting his name in the lineup is huge for our club.''
Fowler wasn't in the starting lineup but could be available if needed.
''Hand injuries are tough in this game, but he's definitely getting better,'' Weiss said. ''Hopefully he'll be available in some capacity.''
At least initially, Weiss said he expects to take a shortstop-by-committee approach in Tulowitzki's absence. Utility man Jonathan Herrera got the start Friday with Rutledge, who played shortstop for the Rockies when Tulowitzki was injured last season, getting the nod at second.
D.J. LeMahieu, who can also play second and short, also figures prominently in the mix.
''I think all three of them are capable of playing shortstop, but I'll have to figure that out on the fly here,'' Weiss said. ''Maybe there's matchups, maybe you play the schedule, and maybe a guy takes off. I'm not going to get locked into anything right now, but I think we've got three guys that can play the position.''
Outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who returned earlier this week after missing five games because of a rib cage strain, is moving up a notch in the batting order to hit cleanup in place of Tulowitzki. Cuddyer was batting .337 with 10 home runs going into the series opener against the Phillies.
''For the most part, he's been a very productive player,'' Weiss said. ''He's a tough out, drives in tough runs. He'll be fine in the cleanup spot.''
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Troy Tulowitzki is the best shortstop in the Major Leagues since Alex Rodriguez. The problem is that A-Rod almost never got hurt early in his career and Troy Tulowitzki cannot seem to avoid the injury bug. After only playing 46 games a year ago, Tulowitzki has just been diagnosed with a broken rib and will miss another four to six weeks after playing just sixty games this season...
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 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.
The Colorado Rockies have placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day DL with a broken rib after he left Thursday's game with the Nationals in the eighth inning trying to make a catch. Reportedly, Tulowitzki's ribs have been hurting for a week, and Thursday's game was the straw that broke the camel's back. He'll apparently miss four to six weeks with the injury...
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...
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...
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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...
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