Troy Tulowitzki exits game with right toe injury; X-rays come back negative

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The Rockies are already without Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Nolan Arenado in their lineup, but now they might have to do without their star shortstop for a little while too, as Troy Tulowitzki was forced to exit last night’s game against the Giants with a right toe injury.

Tulowitzki came up hobbling as he was running up the first base line on a leadoff single in the top of the ninth inning. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, X-rays came back negative on the third metatarsal on his right foot and Rockies manager Walt Weiss said after the game that the early diagnosis is a “sprained toe.” It’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined.

Tulowitzki has been the game’s best player so far this season, batting .356/.449/.662 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI over over 64 games while playing quality defense at shortstop. It would be a shame to see another injury get in the way of him playing a full season. The 29-year-old hasn’t played more than 143 games in a season since 2009.

Report: Steven Matz has been pitching through pain, may need elbow surgery

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that Mets starter Steven Matz has been pitching through pain for most of the season. He may need surgery to fix a nerve issue in his elbow. Matz was sidelined in spring training with an elbow injury and made his regular season debut on June 10.

Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Many were scrambling for explanations for his pitching woes and now they have it.

According to Carig, the Mets let Matz skip his bullpen sessions to help him pitch through the pain. Given the Mets’ shoddy history of dealing with injuries, that’s not a good look for the club.

Carig noted on Twitter that Jacob deGrom offers some optimism for Matz’s case. deGrom underwent right elbow surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage last September and bounced back to have a great season this year.

Clayton Kershaw’s simulated game went so well he threw an extra inning

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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday. That simulated game went so well, he threw an extra inning, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Kershaw will make a minor league rehab start next and could be activated towards the end of next week.

Kershaw, 29, has been on the disabled list since July 24 with a lower back strain. That put the pause button on another outstanding season. He’s carrying a 15-2 record with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The 87-35 Dodgers have run away with the NL West, needing some combination of 20 wins and 20 Rockies losses (19 for the third-place Diamondbacks) to officially clinch the division. While the Dodgers are all but mathematically assured of reaching postseason baseball, the club would still like to get Kershaw as ready as possible over the next month-plus.