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DENVER, CO - JUNE 13: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies collects the ball after making the stop on a ground ball by Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals but was unable to make the toss to second baseman DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies allowing Adam LaRoche #25 of the Washington Nationals to advance to second and Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals to score giving the Nationals a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning at Coors Field on June 13, 2013 in Denver, C
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DENVER (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki went through a light round of batting practice on Thursday with minimal pain from his broken rib and thinks he could be back soon, maybe even before the All-Star break.

The Colorado Rockies' shortstop has been on the disabled list since June 14 after hurting his rib diving for a ball in a loss to Washington.

Tulowitzki says he took "very easy swings" in batting practice before the game against Los Angeles. He still sent quite a few over the fence.

Although his mending rib doesn't bother his throws, it affects his swing. Says Tulowitzki: "Once the ball has a little extra carry, and less pain, I should be ready."

Tulowitzki leads the fan voting for the All-Star Game and will attend, even if he can't play.

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