Update: Brett Anderson has been placed on 15-day DL with lower back strain.
Things were looking peachy for the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. They penciled in Jordan Lyles to make his first start since June 4 the following day, they had a two run lead and Brett Anderson had just pitched three of the most beautiful innings of the season. Then, in classic 2014 Rockies fashion, Anderson had to leave the game with back spasms. The Cubs came back and the game went into extra innings, eventually won by the Cubbies. The loss isn't something new, but a question was raised. Will the Colorado Rockies ever get healthy this year?
The back spasms suffered by Brett Anderson on Tuesday shouldn't keep him from making his next scheduled start and having Jordan Lyles back will be a big help to the Rockies all lefty rotation. With Lyles' return, the pitching staff is as healthy as it is going to get this year. Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood are out for the rest of the year and probably all of next year as well. The only guy who could come back is Christian Bergman, who made his MLB debut earlier this season, but if he does return, it would be for just a start or two in September.
As for the position players, Carlos Gonzalez was able to pinch hit Tuesday, but it's unwise to put any faith in CarGo's durability. Troy Tulowitzki is eligible to come off of the DL, but reports have him aiming at the middle of this month for a return date. Here's hoping Tulo doesn't suffer any setbacks and is able to come back in the coming weeks. Then there's the big one. Michael Cuddyer. Cuddy has missed all but 31 games this year, but has played well in those games with a .317 average. Cuddyer is making progress on a return and begins rehab today in Grand Junction. It will be a long road back for a guy who's missed over two months of baseball. When he comes back, expect him to be in tip-top shape the last month of the season as Cuddyer will be playing for a contract when he is a free agent after this season.
This season has been a disappointment to say the least for the Colorado Rockies. Much of that disappointment has been spurred on by injuries, but that should soon begin to wane. Whether the Rox can turn things around with a mostly full compliment of players remains to be seen. But Rockies fans can take solace in seeing at least some semblance of the team that was eight games over .500 early on in the season in September. If nothing else, consider it a preview of next season's squad. Knowing the Monforts, it'll be pretty much the same.
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