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Rockies place Tulowitzki on DL, call up Rutledge

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The Colorado Rockies on Friday placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled list and called up infielder Josh Rutledge to take his spot on the roster.

Tulowitzki is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking a rib in Thursday night's 5-4 loss to Washington.

He suffered the injury while making a diving stop of a ground ball in the eighth inning. Tulowitzki had trouble breathing immediately after suffering the injury.

Rutledge was on the opening day roster as a second baseman for the Rockies. In 43 games this year, he hit .242 before being demoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Rutledge held down the shortstop position for the Rockies for the final three months of last season after Tulowitzki's season ended with a groin injury that required surgery.

Rutledge was hitting .348 for the Colorado Sky Sox with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

"I'm just really upset, I worked so hard (to get back)," Tulowitzki said in a text message to the Post. "I'm in a lot of pain right now. It's just an unfortunate thing that happened. I will be back and be even better."

Tulowitzki ranks in the top five in the National League in hitting (.347 average), on-base percentage (.413), home runs (16) and RBIs (51).

"The ribs have been a lingering problem for him. When he came off the field, it was very evident he was done," manager Walt Weiss told the Post.
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