Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki out 4 to 6 weeks with broken rib

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Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. (Photo: MLB.com)

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. (Photo: MLB.com)

DENVER — An MRI confirmed that Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki broke a rib on his right side after diving for an eighth-inning grounder in Thursday night’s game at Coors Field, according to a Major League source.

Manager Walt Weiss said after the game that Tulowitzki has been dealing with rib pain recently, and it was exacerbated when he dove for Ian Desmond’s infield single.

Tulowitzki, who entered the game second in the National League in hitting and has been a decisive leader in balloting for a starting spot in the All-Star Game, left the game after the inning. MLB.com reported that the injury is expected to sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks.

“When he came off, it was very evident he was done,” Weiss said¬†about Tulowitzki.

According to MLB.com, the Rockies have been cautious about letting Tulowitzki play this season when he has any residual pain from a groin injury that caused him to most of last year. However, there wasn’t much the team could have done to protect him from a broken rib.

Josh Rutledge stepped in for Tulowitzki during Thursday night’s game, and will likely replace him at shortstop.

Additionally, left fielder Carlos Gonzalez was hit on the left foot by a foul ball while on deck in the first inning, and center fielder Dexter Fowler was hit on his right ring finger by a pitch in the third during Thursday night’s game. Gonzalez left the game immediately while Fowler played two more innings before exiting in the fifth. In both cases, X-rays were negative and both players are listed as day-to-day.

Read more details about Tulowitzki’s injury on MLB.com.

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