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Troy Tulowitzki out 4-6 weeks with broken rib

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki reacts after being injured while trying stop single off bWashingtNationals' Ian Desmond eighth inning Nationals'

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki reacts after being injured while trying to stop a single off the bat of Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond in the eighth inning of the Nationals' 5-4 victory in a baseball game in Denver, Thursday, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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DENVER — Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will be out between four and six weeks with a broken rib.

Colorado Rockies spokesman Nick Piura said an MRI Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture.

Tulowitzki was injured diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss Thursday to the Washington Nationals.

Tulowitzki told the Denver Post in a text that he was in a lot of pain and was upset after working so hard to come back from an injury-plagued 2012 season.

Tulowitzki underwent season-ending groin surgery last June and the Rockies stumbled through a franchise-worst 98-loss campaign.

They’re much more competitive this year and a big reason is Tulowitzki, who ranks second in the NL with a .347 batting average, third in homers (16) and fourth in RBIs (51).



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