Rough day for the Rockies: Three top players, including Troy Tulowitzki, injured in one game

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

By the time, Troy Tulowitzki injured his ribs diving for a ground ball in the eighth inning of Thursday's game, the Colorado Rockies had to think that they were cursed. When Tulowitzki left the game, that made three Rockies stars — Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler being the other two — who had left the game because of injury.

Tulo's case is the worst. He's been diagnosed with a broken rib and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. That's not what the Rockies or their star shortstop wanted to hear, for two reasons: 1. They've exceeded expectations and at this point are a legit contender in the wide-open NL West. 2. Tulowitzki, as good as he is, has battled injuries throughout his career.

Neither Gonzalez nor Fowler are expected to miss extended time, but both of them leaving the game had to raise the blood pressure for Rockies faithful, especially considering those two guys walked away from a collision on Wednesday in good shape.

On Thursday, Gonzalez was hit on the left foot by a foul ball while he was in the on-deck circle. He left the game with a bruised foot. Fowler was hit by a pitch on his right hand when he squared around to bunt. He left the game too.

Catcher Wilin Rosario, who was not injured, told the Denver Post after the game:

"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. Nobody wants to go through that."

Both Gonzalez and Fowler are listed as day-to-day.

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