The Colorado Rockies will be without offensive catalyst and slick-fielding shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for at least six weeks after he broke his left wrist.
Tulowitzki was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Twins reliever Alex Burnett in the eighth inning of a win Thursday in Minnesota.
While the initial examination didn’t reveal a break, an MRI on Friday found an avulsion fracture, where a fragment of bone tears away.
Tulowitzki was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday afternoon, and the Rockies recalled infielder Chris Nelson from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill his roster spot.
It was a big blow for the Rockies, who have been hovering around .500 even as Tulowitzki helped buoy a struggling offense.
“I’m not going to shy away from the fact that this is quite a punch in the gut,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. “This is a very, very difficult player to replace because of who he is, what he brings to the table each and every day.”
A TASTE OF WORLD CUP IN MIAMI
Buzzzzz! For one night, the sound of the World Cup is coming to Florida Marlins baseball.
Like it or not.
Tying in perfectly with World Cup fever in soccer-mad South Florida, when the Marlins play host to the Tampa Bay Rays today, the first 15,000 fans will receive an air horn – half the size but fairly similar to a vuvuzela, the omnipresent noisemaker that’s all the rage in South Africa right now.
It’s an idea the Marlins have kicked around for months, with the goal being to create a buzz – so to speak.
“Real loud,” said Marlins reliever Brian Sanches, who got a sneak preview of the horn sound earlier this week.
“Real big distraction,” predicted Rays second baseman Sean Rodriguez, who doesn’t know what the sound will be like.
The idea worked well for the Marlins on a lot of fronts, both capitalizing on the overwhelming popularity of the World Cup in the multicultural Miami region, plus the fact that the team will offer a postgame concert Saturday with Mergenue stars Sergio Vargas and Milly Quezada.
The Minnesota Twins activated second baseman Orlando Hudson from the disabled list and placed pitcher Jose Mijares on the family medical emergency list. Hudson was placed on the disabled list June 8 with a sprained left wrist and missed nine games. … Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of dizziness. Cabrera went 0-for-1 with a walk in a pair of plate appearances before being replaced by Don Kelly for the top of the fifth inning. The Tigers said he was day to day.