One of the worst parts about professional sports is the fact that great players go down to injury far too often. For Troy Tulowitzki, the injury-prone label is starting to get thrown around faster than a 100 MPH fastball from an MLB hurler.
Tulo underwent an MRI on Thursday night and team doctors confirmed that the Rockies’ shortstop has a broken rib and will be out of action for at least 4-6 weeks. A once hopeful season for Colorado has turned into a nightmare as Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez also are facing injures regarding a right hand and left foot, respectively.
As the sick game of twister continues, the Rockies are combating the injury bug more and more each day — even still, Colorado is only 2.5 games behind the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. However, the team will plummet if the aforementioned trio misses a bulk of games because they have combined for 44 or the team’s 86 home runs.
Baseball injuries are usually pretty subtle and Tulowitzki’s broken rib came on a rather peculiar play. Patrolling the middle of the diamond, the two-time Gold Glove winner rarely has an issue diving and gobbling up would-be base hits. However, a dive attempt in Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals landed Tulo on the disabled list.
Rookie manager Walt Weiss admitted that the Rockies’ shortstop has had issues with his ribs for the last week, but that didn’t stop Weiss from putting Tulowitzki in the lineup. This isn’t the kind of attention that Colorado wants shining on its new manager, so Weiss will have some explaining to do about his ailing ballclub.