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Little hurts become a pain for Rockies

If the calendar read April or May, the injuries suffered Monday by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and starter Ubaldo Jimenez would rank as minor matters.

But it’s September, the Rockies lead the National League wild-card race by two games and there are just 24 games remaining.

Tulowitzki left the game in the seventh inning of Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Reds with a strained lower back after hitting a game-tying single. He’s listed as day to day, but there is a chance he could miss tonight’s game and perhaps one or two more.

“I have no clue,” Tulowitzki said when asked how long he might be sidelined. “I will get some treatment, get on some anti-inflammatories and see how I feel in the morning.”

Jimenez, who has emerged as the ace of Colorado’s staff, revealed after the game he tweaked his left hamstring while running from third to home to score a run in the third inning. His injury appeared less serious than Tulowitzki’s.

“For sure, I think I can make my next start,” said Jimenez, who will likely have his regular side session pushed back a day.

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