Thursday Rockpile: Rockies lose another game and another player as Jordan Lyles hits the DL

Dustin Bradford

Rockies starter Jordan Lyles broke a bone in his left hand on a play at the plate in the first inning of a 16-8 loss to Arizona and will be placed on the disabled list.

Jordan Lyles breaks a bone in his hand in Rockies loss to Arizona - The Denver Post
Nick Groke has all the details on the broken bone that will land Rockies starter Jordan Lyles on the disabled list. Lyles' injury creates yet another problem for the Rockies starting rotation that is already being supplemented with Eddie Butler Friday. The Rockies now face the task of replacing Lyles in the rotation. Do they return Franklin Morales to the rotation or call up another young arm such as Tyler Matzek, Dan Winkler or even Jon Gray? My bet is Matzek gets the call, but that is by no means a guarantee.

Brothers staying focused during trying season -
Rockies reliever Rex Brothers faced five batters in the eighth inning last night and didn't retire any of them. In fact, all five came around to score, raising his ERA on the season to 5.47. Tracy Ringolsby profiles how Brothers has worked through his rough season, which at this point may include a stint in Colorado Springs.

Rockies notes: Rex Brothers' future, bullpen woes and Lyles' broken hand - The Denver Post
The Denver Post's Patrick Saunders also weighs in with his thoughts on Brothers, Lyles and where the Rockies go from here with their pitching staff.

Rox look for best available player in draft -
The Rockies hold the eighth pick in today's amateur draft, and Thomas Harding says they will look for the best player available and discusses who that may be when the eighth pick comes on the board.

MLB Draft: Rockies could target pitcher Aaron Nola, catcher Kyle Schwarber - RoxPile
Hayden Kane takes a look at LSU right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola and Kennesaw State catcher Kyle Schwarber, both of whom are potential Rockies picks at No. 8 overall.

What do the Colorado Rockies have in Tyler Matzek? - Rockies Zingers
Speaking of first round draft picks, over at Rockies Zingers they have a look at the Rockies' 2009 first rounder, Tyler Matzek, who is currently at AAA Colorado Springs and would be a prime candidate to replace the injured Jordan Lyles in the Rockies' rotation.

It's Too Soon for Eddie Butler - RoxPile
RoxPile's Michelle Stalnaker opines that the Rockies' decision to call up Eddie Butler was a premature one, stating that he at least should have tasted AAA before getting the call to the show.

Around MLB

Former Rockies coach Don Zimmer dies at 83 - The Denver Post
The dominant story around baseball is the passing of Don Zimmer, the legendary player, coach and manager that spent parts of three seasons with the Rockies. Look for more on Zimmer on Purple Row later today.

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