Tyler Chatwood likely headed to disabled list with hamstring injury

Denis Poroy

The season has yet to begin and the Rockies are already missing two-fifths of their projected rotation.

Welp. If it's not Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, it's some other important pieces of the team.

Tyler Chatwood appears to be the latest Rockies player headed for the disabled list, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Chatwood is dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered while running the bases in the team's second-to-last Cactus League tuneup on Friday.

If the 24-year-old right-hander does in fact land on the DL, he'll join fellow starter Jhoulys Chacin and left-handed reliever Boone Logan as pivotal Rockies hurlers starting the season on the shelf.

Tulowitzki and Gonzalez have been healthy all spring and both appear to be in great shape (knock on wood) entering Monday night's season opener, and that's great news for the Rox. But having two-fifths of rotation -- and two-thirds of the successful part of the 2013 unit -- injured to begin the year seems like a bad omen. The good news for Chatwood is it's not an arm injury, so once he's healed up there shouldn't be any ill effects.

Chatwood missing a start or several would mean Jordan Lyles will get a shot in the big-league rotation. Lyles was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week in favor of Franklin Morales, who won the battle for the No. 5 starter -- a battle that would not have been necessary had Chacin been healthy.

At the very least, we'll have an immediate glimpse into how the Rockies fared in the Dexter Fowler trade. I'd rather the Rockies have a better chance to win games, but I guess there's a silver lining in everything.

Plus, Eddie Butler just moved up on the depth chart. That has to count for something, right?

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