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 long (I’ll be out).
“It’s just an unfortunate thing that happened. I will be back and be even better.”
Tulowitzki, hitting .347 with 16 home runs this season, is on his way to the disabled list and is expected to miss 4 to six weeks, according to MLB.com.
Tulowitzki exited the in the eighth inning of Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals at Coors Field after he dove to stop a groundball.
Tulowitzki has been dealing with injuries since 2008 when he went on the disabled list twice. First for a strained left quadriceps, second for a laceration on his right hand when he shattered his bat.
Last season, Tulowitzki was out for four months because of a groin injury that required surgery to remove scar tissue irritating a nerve.
Tulowitzki wasn’t the only Rockies player to leave Thursday’s game with an injury. Carlos Gonzalez (bruised left foot) and Dexter Fowler (swollen knuckle on right ring finger) also left. Gonzalez told The Post that “he was fine, just sore,” and Fowler doesn’t believe he will miss much time.
DJ LeMahieu and Jonathan Herrera are candidates available to fill in for Tulowitzki at shortstop.
“I am going to pray that all these guys are all right. I don’t want to be in the same hole we were in last year because of hurt players,” Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario said after the game. “Nobody wants to go through that.”