When it rains on the Colorado Rockies, it pours. It really, really pours.
Starting pitcher Jordan Lyles left in the second inning the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday after being hit in the right hand with a line drive. Lyles was replaced by Christian Bergman.
With two outs in the inning and a 2-2 count, Lyles was pegged directly in his throwing hand by a rocket off the bat of Albert Pujols. The ball ricocheted into the air and in the direction of second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who scooped it up and threw to first for the third out of the frame.
Lyles was pulled from the game between innings, and for good reason:
Looks like that Pujols line drive went off Lyles' hand. This is not good. pic.twitter.com/TccEdtKqfo— Mitch (@TuesWithMitch) May 14, 2015
Official word on #Rockies Lyles. Bad bruise on initial exam. We should know more postgame.— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) May 14, 2015
Last season, Lyles suffered a broken left hand on a play at the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Lyles, who has pitched admirably this season, was performing similarly well at the time of his unfortunate injury in 2014.
The 24-year-old righty entered Tuesday with a 4.42 ERA in 36⅔ innings spanning six starts. Lyles' overall numbers have been dragged down by a poor outing in Arizona in which he gave up six earned runs on eight hits and five walks. He bounced back nicely in his last start, surrendering four runs on nine hits and just one walk in seven innings. He struck out six.