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Colorado Rockies: Starting Pitchers Injury Update

July 13th, 2014 at 1:08 PM
By Joe Lemere

MLB Rockies at Braves: Colorado P Jhoulys Chacin from Flickr via Wylio? 2012 Charles Atkeison, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

The Colorado Rockies' starting rotation this season has been demolished by injuries. Of the club's ideal rotation coming into the season, only one pitcher, Jorge De La Rosa, has remained healthy throughout the season. The other four starters of that ideal rotation have all gone down at some point during the season, and their top prospect went on the DL after his one and only Major League start. The good news is that a few of these guys are getting healthy and will be ready to produce in the second half.

Brett Anderson returns from a broken finger today, and has looked healthy in his Minor League rehab starts. Even so, he will be on a tight pitch count in his first start back and probably for his first few starts as well. Anderson was traded for in the offseason and while the big lefty has a 0-2 record, he posted a solid 3.60 ERA in his three starts.

Jordan Lyles broke his glove hand, but will soon be back on the bump. He is scheduled to make his first rehab start on July 18th with the AAA Sky Sox. After two starts in Colorado Springs, and barring no setbacks, Lyles will be back in a Rockies uniform July 28th in Chicago to take on the Cubs. Lyles was the Rox best pitcher through the first month or so of the season, posting a record of 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA and a WHIP of 1.304.

Eddie Butler brought a ton of excitement to Coors Field in his one start for the Rockies. Unfortunately, that start was mediocre at best and Butler went on the DL afterwards with a shoulder strain. The positive for Butler is that he's already on the comeback trail, making his first rehab start with high-A Modesto. Working on a strict pitch count, Butler went four innings, gave up three runs on just two hits, he issued two walks and two strikeouts throwing 58 pitches. After a rusty first inning, Butler was able to retire the last eight batters he faced.

Now it's time for the guys with bad news surrounding their recoveries. First up, Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood went on the 60-day DL with an elbow strain, but has struggled with general elbow shoddiness since. He was following the same pace Anderson was setting in rehab, but has suffered setbacks and, as of now, has an unknown return date.

Jhoulys Chacin was fantastic last season, but suffered a shoulder injury in spring training that he never fully recovered from. He struggled mightily this season, going 1-7 in his 11 starts before getting shut down at the end of last month. He would be eligible to come off of the DL this September, but with a lost year for the Rockies, don't be surprised if he misses the rest of the season.

Tags: Baseball, Brett Anderson, Colorado, Colorado Rockies, Eddie Butler, Jhoulys Chacin, Jordan Lyles, MLB, Tyler Chatwood

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