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Thursday Rockpile: Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are out for the rest of the 2014 season

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Rockies in 2014, Troy Tulowitzki will undergo season-ending surgery in Vail on Friday and an MRI revealed a worsening of Carlos Gonzalez's tendinits that will likely sideline him for the remainder of the season as well.

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Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki out for season with torn labrum - The Denver Post
After yet another loss in San Diego on Wednesday, the Rockies suffered perhaps their biggest loss of the season when it was announced that Troy Tulowitzki would undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip that would sideline him for the rest of the season. Expected recovery time from the surgery is five months.

Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez is likely done for the season after playing in just 70 games - The Denver Post
Not only is Tulo gone for the rest of the season, an MRI revealed a worsening of the condition in Carlos Gonzalez' left knee that may require surgery and will almost certainly end his 2014 season.

Rockies hitting ace Corey Dickerson relies on consistency - The Denver Post
With Tulo and CarGo both out for the season, the best bat in the Rockies' lineup going forward may belong to Corey Dickerson. Just take a minute to process how absurd that statement would have seemed six months ago. Dickerson has hit .323 this season with 16 home runs, and if he can improve some other aspects of his game (ahem, baserunning), he looks to be a legitimate building block for the Rockies going forward.

Despite Rox struggles, vet Hawkins hopes to return -
Thomas Harding has an excellent interview with Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins, who discusses the possibility of losing 100 games for the first time in his career and his desire to return to the Rockies in 2015.

There's Joy in Asheville - Rockies Zingers
At Rockies Zingers, Scott Fults takes a look the first-place Asheville Tourists, whose 77-45 record is best in the Rockies' farm system.

Ice Bucket Challenge helps raise money, awareness for ALS - The Denver Post
Several notable Denver sports personalities, including the Rockies' very own Dinger, have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, and because who doesn't want to see Dinger get a bucket of ice dumped on him?

Around MLB

Top prospect taken off in ambulance -
Twins prospect Byron Buxton, considered by many to be the top prospect in baseball, was taken off the field in an ambulance after sustaining a concussion in an outfield collision during his debut for AA New Britain.

This Season's Quiet Mega-Breakthrough - Fangraphs
Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs profiles monster season being turned in by Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, who now gets to come play four games in Coors Field against the Rockies' pitching staff.