Daily Dose: Tulo Down And OutFriday, June 14, 2013
The Rockies sustained plenty of injury on Thursday. All the Nationals had to do was take care of the insult.
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On a day when starting outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler both suffered injuries that have them listed as day-to-day, the Rockies received the biggest blow when All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went down with a broken rib. The injury, which Tulowitzki had been dealing with in recent weeks and which he aggravated diving for a ball in Thursday's loss to the Nationals, will most likely keep him out 4-to-6 weeks.
"The ribs have been a lingering problem for him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said to the Denver Post. "When he came off the field, it was very evident he was done."
Injury is nothing new to Tulowitzki. The shortstop played in only 47 games in 2012 due to a groin injury, and he's had seasons of 101 and 122 games played in recent years as well.
The Rockies will likely call up Josh Rutledge when they place Tulowitzki on the disabled list Friday, but replacing his production will be impossible. In 61 games this year, Tulowitzki is hitting .347/.413/.635 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.
Replacing a shortstop is one thing. Replacing a player having an MVP-type first half is quite another.
While one big star is expected to miss significant time, another may miss less significant time than originally anticipated.
David Price, who hasn't pitched since May 15 with a strained triceps muscle, was expected to need around three rehab starts in the coming weeks before returning to the Rays. But after Thursday's 54-pitch bullpen session, that timetable may be "accelerated," according to Rays manager Joe Maddon.
"He's actually exceeding expectations a little bit," Maddon told MLB.com. "I thought he could have pitched today in an actual game. He's accelerated; there's no question. I just have to sit down and talk with everybody before I give you guys bad information. I just saw a guy who was a lot further along than we thought."
He's expected to begin a rehab assignment next week, meaning he could be back with the club before the end of June. And while he wasn't his usual dominant self through the first six weeks of the season, a return to form could quickly follow once he proves to be healthy.
Hart Still On The Mend
Just a little more time is all he's asking for.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday that Corey Hart, who hasn't played yet this year as he recovers from knee surgery, now may not be back until after the All-Star break.
It was originally thought Hart may be able to return close to the beginning of June, but that timetable had been pushed back as he continued to slowly progress in his recovery. Hart has been running the bases but has yet to run at full speed, a prerequisite before talks of a rehab assignment can begin. It now seems that his knee is shaky enough to require some extra time to heal before trying to push it.
It's certainly a blow to fantasy owners who have had a DL spot occupied by Hart for over two months, but the Brewers offense is the biggest loser in this news. Heading into Friday's games, the Brewers have gotten a .183/.222/.280 line with four home runs from the first base position this season. Pedestrians such as Yuniesky Betancourt, Alex Gonzalez and, currently, Juan Francisco have manned the position in Hart's absence.
If there's one thing we've learned, though, it's that even if his rehab takes longer than expected, Hart still will never surrender.
National League Quick Hits: Starling Marte (rib cage) is considered day-to-day after missing Thursday's game. The Pirates are hoping it's nothing more serious ... Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) is aiming for a return on June 21. That's welcome news to the Phillies, who have been starting Humberto Quintero in Ruiz's absence ... the aforementioned Dexter Fowler is day-to-day with a bruised knuckle on his right hand. His teammate Carlos Gonzalez is also day-to-day after taking a Jordan Pacheco foul ball off his foot ... A.J. Burnett (calf) was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 9. No word yet on who will start in his place on Saturday ... Angel Pagan (hamstring) resumed baseball activity on Thursday. Although he will still likely not be activated over the weekend, he could be back sometime next week if all goes well ... Pagan's teammate Marco Scutaro will likely miss the weekend due to tendon damage in his left pinkie. Scutaro has already expressed a desire to play through the injury once the swelling subsides ... Matt Harvey suffered his first loss of the season at the hands of the Cardinals. The right-hander was atrocious, serving up a run over seven innings while striking out only seven ... Jose Tabata (oblique) has been hitting off a tee and taking underhand toss. He's scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on June 21 ... Julio Borbon delivered a pinch-hit, walk-off single to help the Cubs defeat the Reds in 14 innings.
American League Quick Hits: Jose Reyes (ankle) could begin a rehab assignment as early as Monday. Reyes hasn't played since April 12 with the severely sprained ankle ... Derek Jeter (ankle) was cleared to resume running and other baseball activities. The Yankees are hoping he can be back with the club in about six weeks ... Kevin Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after Thursday's start. The No. 4 overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft had a 7.66 ERA in his first go-round at the major league level ... Mitch Moreland (hamstring) will run the bases this weekend and could begin a rehab assignment on Monday. Assuming all that goes well, he should be activated when first eligible on June 21 ... Nate Freiman ended an 18-inning affair with a walk-off single as the Athletics outlasted the Yankees. Freiman got the hit off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera ... Jake Odorizzi was optioned back to Triple-A Durham. Odorizzi was called up to take the place of Alex Cobb, who returned from the bereavement list on Thursday ... Alexi Ogando (shoulder) will resume a throwing program Friday. When he returns, it will be as a starter, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said ... Josh Johnson and R.A. Dickey will swap starting days this weekend due to a blister on Johnson's pitching hand. Dickey will now start Saturday, with Johnson moving back to Sunday ... Mike Napoli left Thursday's game after his first at-bat with an illness. It shouldn't be a lingering problem.