Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki to sit out up to six weeks

The Colorado Rockies placed Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list Friday, and the star shortstop could sit out up to six weeks because of a broken rib.

An MRI taken Thursday night revealed a right rib fracture, the team reported. Tulowitzki was injured earlier in the day while diving for a ball in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.

"I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It's a big loss for us," Rockies Manager Walt Weiss said.

Through Thursday, Tulowitzki ranked second in the National League with a .347 batting average, third in home runs (16) and fourth in runs batted in (51).

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.


The New York Yankees have placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list because of a back injury. . . . Cincinnati Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton is getting examined for a sore right elbow, leaving his status uncertain for a weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Dusty Baker said Friday that he had hoped not to use Broxton before the Reds returned home and he could be examined. . . . Texas Rangers slugger Jeff Baker sprained his right thumb receiving a high-five from a teammate and was not in the lineup Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. . . . Jays shortstop Jose Reyes played in a simulated game Friday and may start a rehab assignment next week. . . . Atlanta Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that "barring any setbacks" Brandon Beachy will make his first start of the season during Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the New York Mets. ... Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria was the Rays' designated hitter for the second straight game because of a sore right foot. . . . Rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons will remain in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation, edging out rookie right-hander Michael Wacha, who was optioned to triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals had to choose between the two with the return of right-hander Jake Westbrook. . . . Miami Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison has been scratched from the starting lineup for Friday's game against St. Louis because of back tightness. . . . The Boston Red Sox have recalled right-handed reliever Rubby De La Rosa from triple A to get a fresh arm for their weary bullpen. . . . . . . . The Seattle Mariners signed Henry Blanco and designated fellow catcher Kelly Shoppach for assignment.