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Rockies remove Jon Gray from start with apparent injury

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Rockies remove their ace mid-inning with apparent injury.

The Colorado Rockies removed Jon Gray in the middle of the fourth inning of Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants. It’s not clear what the issue is, but there’s both speculation and evidence that Gray might have re-aggravated the toe injury on his left foot that kept him out of a portion of spring training.

In the bottom of the second, Gray leapt up to grab a bouncer from Eduardo Nuñez. He landed at the edge of the mound. After making the out, he walked off the field with a subtle but noticeable limp. He led off and bat for himself in the third inning. Gray also came back out for the third inning, where he walked one batter but otherwise looked good. But after Gray walked Joe Panik to lead off the fourth inning, head trainer Keith Duggar and manager Bud Black paid Gray a visit on the mound and removed him from the game. Chris Rusin entered in relief.

The Rockies began the season with 14 consecutive games, but they do have two days off next week. If rest would help Gray, they could take advantage of the shorter 10-day disabled list and put him on it. If they do that, Gray could conceivably only miss one start. He could be back for the April 24 game against the Nationals. Chris Rusin could take his place for a spot start, or the Rockies could bring Germán Márquez back up to get a start or two.

Gray departed having only allowed a hit and two walks in three innings. It’s disappointing to lose him for the night, but the long game is more significant here.