Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Updates on Rockies Star's Rib

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2013

The Colorado Rockies have been without star Troy Tulowitzki for a while, and it finally appears the shortstop could be returning to the team soon.


UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 7:35 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Troy Renck of The Denver Post tweets the news every Rockies fan has been waiting for:

Tulo and fowler starting

— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 11, 2013

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 10:23 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post provides the most encouraging news yet regarding Tulowitzki's return to the Rockies:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 9:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Denver Post's Troy E. Renck has the latest on Troy Tulowitzki:

Three-time all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and starting center fielder Dexter Fowler will rejoin the Rockies in Los Angeles on Thursday and be re-evaluated.

If deemed healthy, they both could be activated for the series against the Dodgers.

Tulowitzki went 3-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday night and has four hits in five at-bats for Triple-A Colorado Springs. 

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UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 10:51 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Troy Renck of The Denver Post provides the results of Tulo's night with the Rockies Triple-A affiliate: 

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 7, at 7:21 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Tulowitzki is slowly working his way back to the big-league club and plans to get some plate appearances in the minors on Monday, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post:

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 8:03 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post relays this quote from Tulowitzki:

Asked it the is a chance he could rejoin the Rockies before the break, Tulo said: "It's a possibility. But my main focus right now is getting back for the Rockies. I'm not down-playing the All-Star Game, and I would love to participate in it. If the time is right and it fits in my schedule I would love to play. If I win the fan vote, but couldn't play, I probably would attend." 

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 19, at 1:55 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area has the latest on Tulowitzki's status:

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UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 4:40 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to MLB Roster Moves, Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day DL:

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UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 12:42 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to's Thomas Harding, Tulowitzki "is expected to miss four to six weeks" with the broken rib that he suffered vs. the Nationals on Thursday.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 11:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Tulowitzki expressed his disappointment about the injury in a report from Denver Post reporter Troy Renck:

"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 long (I'll be out).

"It's just an unfortunate thing that happened. I will be back and be even better."

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According to Troy Renck of The Denver Post, an MRI revealed that Tulowitzki has a broken rib on Thursday. 

Tulowitzki exited the field in the eighth inning as the Rockies went on to lose to the Washington Nationals, 5-4. It wasn't a good day for the Rockies, as Carlos Gonzalez was injured earlier in the game when he was struck by a foul ball, according to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.

While Gonzalez is listed day-to-day with a contusion on his foot, it appears this injury will be more serious. And as Renck tweeted, more devastating is that Tulowitzki is a huge part of the Rockies' success both at the plate and in the field. 

Tulowitzki currently leads the Rockies in batting average, on-base percentage and hits. He's also in the top five in the National League in home runs, RBI and batting average. 

According to Renck, manager Walt Weiss wasn't clear on who would be the long-term replacement for Tulowitzki if he is forced out of the lineup for an extended period of time. However, Renck lists DJ LeMahieu, Jonathan Herrera and Josh Rutledge (who is currently playing Double-A ball) as possibilities. 

The trio has combined to play 102 games for the team this year. 

Tulowitzki missed the final four months of last season as he recovered from surgery after an injury to his left groin. The Rockies finished the season in last place in the NL West. 

The Rockies are currently second place in the division and just 2.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks—a position that will be difficult to keep without Tulowitzki in the lineup. 

Check back with this page for the latest on Tulowitzki's status.