Thursday Rockpile Links, March 6: Rockies wins and injuries rise

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Colorado tripled their spring training win total yesterday but the injury bug keeps rearing its ugly head.

Chatwood yields unearned run in strong debut -

Against the Cubs yesterday, Tyler Chatwood went two and two thirds innings giving up one unearned run on one hit and two walks while striking out three. Rockies bats (Rosell Herrera) and an error by the Cubs delivered a four run seventh to assure the win. Carrie Muskat also tells us that Thursday will see Jordan Lyles start his second game of spring training against the Brewers.

Cuddyer hit by pitch, but believes he's OK -

In the game against the Cubs, Michael Cuddyer was hit on the left hand during his second at bat by Cubs starter Jeff Smardzija.  He was taken out of the game and will miss at least a day but no one thought it was that serious. Thomas Harding further reports that Cuddyer now joins Jhoulys Chacin, Justin Morneau, Josh Rutledge, and Jordan Pacheco on the list of walking wounded for Colorado. Cuddyer is the first injured player for the Rockies whose name doesn't start with a 'J' so the injury bug may be spreading.

Cublerson notches three hits, including first homer -

The Rockies other split squad team was successful in winning as well yesterday, thanks, in part, to Charlie Culberson and Franklin Morales. Morales, like Chatwood, gave up an unearned run but did him one better by pitching three full innings and striking out five while allowing three hits and zero walks. As the title suggests, Culberson was the offensive star of this game but Corey Dickerson, Wilin Rosario, and Paul Jannish also shined at the plate. For more complete game wraps from Purple Row, go here.

Chacin hopes to take step forward by playing catch -

Thomas Harding reports that today may be Chacin's first attempt to throw a ball since getting shut down by the Rockies' trainers at the beginning of spring training. That he has had to wait this long to even start throwing a ball suggests that Jhoulys may not be ready for opening day.

Renck: Rockies need Brett Anderson to pitch like an ace - Denver Post

While Troy's article certainly shows that Anderson can pitch like an ace, when healthy, the premise of the title is slightly skewed. Barring a significant absence from Jhoulys Chacin, I would be happy if Brett pitched 200 innings like a number two or three starter. Trying to push ace status onto him creates huge expectations and the best part about our pitching rotation last year is that we had three, and now we may have four, pitchers who could take turns being the rock of the rotation.

Rockies pitcher Chris Martin living a baseball dream - Denver Post

A nice human interest piece on a non-star in the Rockies camp this year.

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