Just as if a six-game slide could get any worse, one of the Rockies top pitchers statistically went down Wednesday night in a 16-8 loss at home. Jordan Lyles, who entered the game with a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 3.46 went down Wednesday night as he placed a tag on D’Backs Martin Prado which bent his left hand backwards.
Lyles shared with Denver Post columnist Nick Groke after the game about the play.
“I never felt that feeling before,” Lyles said after the game, with his hand heavily wrapped. “I didn’t want to come out in the first and make the bullpen go a full nine. Thankfully we got four innings.”
Jordan would later add-on he knew something was wrong as he couldn’t receive the ball back from catcher Wilin Rosario.
With Lyles slated to go on the disabled list, it leaves management to think about another starting pitching option to fill Lyles spot in the rotation. It would be hard to see them go right back with Franklin Morales who lost his spot for Rockies number two prospect Eddie Butler.
Do they go with the southpaw in Triple-A referring to Tyler Matzek? Or could they ponder two options down in Double-A Tulsa with Daniel Winkler or Jon Gray? Right now, I don’t see Gray as an option to get called up but we will see what happens.
As far as injuries go, Lyles will be joining fellow starters Tyler Chatwood (elbow) and Brett Anderson (finger) on the disabled list. Jhoulys Chacin also spent the first month of the season on the disabled list after suffering shoulder inflammation prior to Spring Training.