The Rockies season has gone from bad to not funny with news that top prospect Jon Gray (No. 1 PuRP) has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. The bad news was released by Milb.com on twitter earlier this evening.
No news has been released on what caused the right-hander to go down with an injury and nothing was revealed after his last start. Gray last pitched on August 20, where he lasted just two innings while throwing 68 pitches. The Oklahoma native struggled in that start, allowing five hits and three earned runs in just two innings pitched.
Jon Gray was drafted No. 3 overall by the Rockies in the 2013 draft after leading Oklahoma to a spectacular college season his junior year. Gray initially started in Short-season Grand Junction before finishing the season in High-A Modesto last season. This year Gray has spent the entire season in Double-A Tulsa, where he's had mixed results, including a 3.91 ERA and strikeout rate significantly lower than in previous minor league stops.
Upon further investigation, fellow Driller Tyler Anderson (No. 11 PuRP) was also placed on the disabled list on Tulsa's transaction's list today. Anderson missed several starts in 2013 due to an arm injury, but has been relatively healthy this season, making 22 starts for Double-A Tulsa.
Anderson was selected by the Rockies with the No. 20 pick in the first round of the 2011 draft. The Oregon alum was expected to move quickly through the organization, but has been slowed down by nagging arm injuries. The left-handed pitcher has been solid in Tulsa, producing a 23-inning scoreless streak and an ERA of just 2.08 this season.
No news has been released on the extent of either injury or how long the two pitchers are expected to stay on the disabled list. They are currently slated to spend seven days on the disabled list, which would take them nearly through the end of Tulsa's season. The Drillers earned entry into the playoffs and there's no word yet on if either pitcher will be available to participate. It's a possibility that both designations are precautionary to shut down the pitchers and protect them from further wear-and-tear in this dreadful season.
In related news, the Rockies have promoted left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino (No. 21 PuRP) and right-handed starter Shayne Broyles from Modesto to Tulsa.
UPDATE: Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, covering the Rockies game from the Coors Field press box with access to Rockies front office personnel, clarified the extent of the two pitcher's injuries.