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Wednesday Rockpile: Rockies pitching injury updates

Guys are hurt. Leave 'em alone.

Doug Pensinger

Bergman joins long list of Rockies' wounded | News
An MRI on Tuesday revealed a broken bone in the heel of Christian Bergman's left hand, per Thomas Harding, which means Yohan Flande will make his big league debut today, as we wrote yesterday afternoon. To make room on the 40-man roster for Flande, Bergman will likely be placed on the 60-day disabled list, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post.

Also within Harding's post is some troubling news on Tyler Chatwood, who was among four injured Rockies pitchers to throw live batting practice on Tuesday. Chatwood told the team he had some tightness in his forearm, but it doesn't appear much will be made of it until later today at the earliest. If that condition forces Chatwood to miss much more time beyond what he was already going to be shelved for, we'll be entering "lost season" territory for the promising 24-year-old right-hander.

The good news from Tuesday is that Brett Anderson, Boone Logan and Rafael Betancourt all felt good while Eddie Butler has also resumed throwing and will soon join that trio in hurling BP sessions.

Prospects to watch at the Futures Game - ESPN
Keith Law profiles some of the bigger names that will participate in the Futures Game on July 13. One of those names is not Jon Gray, and Law seems perplexed as to why that's the case:

Among eligible players, the biggest omission is [Gray], the third overall pick in last year's draft and the top pitching prospect in the minors right now. His absence also robs us of a chance to see him hit 100 mph, which one or two pitchers seem to do every year. With the Rockies only sending one prospect, shortstop Rosell Herrera, leaving Gray off is curious, and while it's unlikely, I do hope we'll see him surface as an injury replacement. He belongs, and we all deserve to see him.

Baseball Prospectus | The Call-Up: Marco Gonzales
Jeff Moore and J.P. Breen tell us what to expect from the Cardinals' newest big leaguer, left-hander and Colorado native Marco Gonzales, who'll face the Rockies in his MLB debut today at 1:10 p.m. MT. Here's a snippet:

Gonzales is not oversized or overpowering, but he was well polished coming out of Gonzaga, and was thought to have a high floor and was expected to move quickly through the Cardinals system. Both proved to be true.

Gonzales sits 88-91 mph with his fastball and features plus command, allowing the pitch to play up. It’s not an overpowering pitch nor does he miss bats with it, but his ability to locate it helps him set hitters up for what’s to come.


Position WARs: Where the Rockies Rank | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
The Rockies aren't very good, and that fact is indicated in the team's positional WAR rankings -- especially among players who work their craft on the pitcher's mound, writes Eric Garcia McKinley.

Rockies Review - A Colorado Rockies Blog: Colorado Rockies break losing streak behind Justin Morneau's huge night
David Martin recaps Justin Morneau's big performance in the Rockies' slump buster last night.

Brandon Barnes makes the diving catch of the season (GIF) - Rox Pile
Hayden Kane breaks down Brandon Barnes' unbelievable ninth-inning grab.

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