Jordan Lyles, who underwent season-ending toe surgery on June 10th, faced live hitters in a simulated game for the first time in over three months. Lyles went 2-5 with an ERA of 5.14 over 10 starts this season, and was expected to play a big role in the starting rotation. The Rockies hope to have Lyles pitch this fall, either in the instructional league or the Dominican instructional league. The plan is for him to pitch around 40 innings and be ready for spring training next year.
Former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has found a lot of success in his time with the Pirates, something that he struggled to find with Rockies, apart from the 2007 season. Patrick Saunders believes the Rockies could find success just as the Pirates have, even though they’re in the middle of the pack when it comes to payroll. Not many teams have struggled for as long as the Pirates did, not having a winning seasons for 21 straight years until 2011. This gives some hope for Rockies fans that a turnaround is in the near future, and hopefully Jeff Bridich will take note of the Pirates approach
The Rockies won last night, and that solidified a season in which they can’t lose 100 games. Thank goodness! Christian Bergman came in on relief after Yohan Flande was drilled in the knee by a line drive, and earned the win while notching his first hit of the season. It was one of the better appearances from the Rockies bullpen, who struck out a combined 10 batters.