The Colorado Rockies have been a team to battle the injury bug for the last couple of seasons and it is hitting early right now. Already without key starter Jhoulys Chacin, Tyler Chatwood will miss his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins after suffering a strained hamstring against the Seattle Mariners in Cactus League play. He would try to stretch a double into a triple and ended up feeling discomfort.
According to Troy Renck of The Denver Post, Chatwood will be expected to throw a 65-pitch simulated side session Wednesday afternoon and will likely hit the disabled list. Chatwood was able to throw fine but swift movements such as trying to cover first on a bunt really aggravated his leg. Colorado will fill Chatwood’s spot in the rotation with newly acquired pitcher Jordan Lyles who came over in the deal with the Houston Astros for Dexter Fowler.
Lyles has a solid spring debut with the Rockies, compiling an ERA of 3.18 in 17 innings pitched. The plan for Tyler Chatwood is to get sent to the disabled list in time to return for the game on April 12th against the San Francisco Giants. The 23-year-old Lyles had an up and down season last year with the Houston Astros. He would go 7-9 in 25 starts, collecting an ERA of 5.59 while giving up 17 home runs. The right-hander has never posted an ERA below five in his three seasons in the big leagues.