Troy Tulowitzki Out 4-6 Weeks

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The Colorado Rockies received devastating news on Thursday when All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went down with a broken rib. Tulowitzki has been dealing with the injury for the past few weeks and he aggravated it again when he was diving for a ball in Thursday's loss to the Nationals. Tulo will most likely be out 4-to-6 weeks. It is good news that the injury is not season-ending, but the frustration for Tulowitzki owners. Its scary to think the type of offensive production he would provide IF he could ever stay healthy for a full season.

The Rockies received the news on Tulowitzki the same day that both Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez both suffered injuries. Gonzalez was standing in the on-deck circle and was hit on his left foot by a foul ball hit by Jordan Pacheco. Gonzalez said he is sore and should be back soon. Fowler, has a bruised right finger and he too feels that he won't be out of the Rockies lineup very long. 

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Starling Marte (rib cage) was a late scratch on Thursday and is considered day-to-day. Alex Presley filled in for Marte on Thursday and the Pirates are hoping an MRI on Marte won't reveal an oblique injury.
  • A.J. Burnett (calf) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf retroactive to June 9th. The Pirates have not yet announced who will fill in for Burnett in the rotation.
  • Jose Reyes (ankle) is inching closer to beginning a rehab assignment. Reyes will play in simulated games  on Friday and could be cleared for a rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin if he continues to progress well.
  • Adam Wainwright earned his 10th win Thursday, holding the Mets scoreless on four hits over seven innings with six strikeouts. The two walks he issued matched a season high which brings his season walk total to 9 compared to his 97 strikeouts.
  • Derek Jeter (ankle) has been cleared to begin running the bases and other baseball activities. The timetable for his return is still for sometime after the All-Star Game.
  • Angel Pagan (hamstring) resumed running on Thursday and also planned to take batting practice. Its possible Pagan could return this weekend, but early next week is more likely for him.
  • J.J. Putz (elbow) could begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno on Monday. Heath Bell has done a nice job filling in for Putz as the D'Backs closer, so it will be interesting to see if Putz gets his job back once he returns for the disabled list.
  • Aaron Hill (hand) could begin a rehab assignment this weekend. He has played in a few extended spring training games and has not had a setback. D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson thinks Hill can return in a couple of weeks.
  • Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6 2/3 innings and combined with three Giants relievers to shutout the Pirates on Thursday. This was Cain's second straight solid outing.