On the same day that Colorado placed franchise outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the disabled list with inflammation in his left finger, the Rockies had another key player suffer a finger injury. During a first inning in which he allowed three earned runs, right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles made a wild pitch and went to cover home plate.
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As Arizona third baseman Martin Prado barreled down the line, Lyles caught the ball from catcher Wilin Rosario and went to put the tag down. Prado’s right foot hit home plate before Lyles’ left hand came down with the ball and then the Rockies’ pitcher immediately started shaking and flexing his hand. In slow motion, it can be seen that Lyles hand gets jammed into Prado’s knee. X-Rays were initially done on his wrist after the first inning, writes MLB.com’s Cody Ulm, but because all looked well in the wrist, Lyles stayed in the game.
Incredibly, the 23-year old was able to pitch through four innings total, giving up only one more run after the disastrous first inning. The Rockies even got their starter off of the hook for the loss with a four run fifth inning before giving twelve runs over the last three innings combined. He told the media that he wasn’t able to catch the ball from Rosario after each pitch after a while and had to be fitted with a cast after the game.
"I knew something was wrong. I’ve never felt that feeling before…I didn’t want to come out during the first and make the bullpen throw nine. There was something wrong. I couldn’t catch the ball from the catcher."
Lyles is scheduled to see a specialist on Thursday and will certainly be out for a significant amount of time.