The Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki left today’s game vs. the Nationals after he felt discomfort fielding a groundball. He has had rib issues in the past and it was initially believed to be sore muscles. However, according to the Denver Post, Tulo has a broken rib and will be on the DL for a while, as I’m sure he probably can’t even swing a bat.
An MRI Thursday night of Troy Tulowitzki’s right side revealed a broken rib, according to two major league sources. Tulowitzki is likely facing a lengthy absence.
Tulowitzki was having difficulty breathing after his injury, pointing to a possible rib or intercostal muscle issue. The two-time all-star shortstop has been dealing with soreness in the rib area for a few days, but it wasn’t serious enough to prevent him from playing.
Because of the torque involved to swing a bat, a serious rib injury could take several weeks to heal before the player is able to play again. Tulowitzki was clearly worried before heading to the hospital, leaving teammates bracing for the worst.
This, of course, comes after Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez were both involved in an ugly collision. The Rockies are currently 2.5 games back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West.