It’s been lost a little bit lately as the Rockies have fallen on some extremely hard times in the win-loss columns, but Lyles was a central player in the team’s hot start earlier this season.
This injury is different in that it happened making a non-pitching play. Lyles was covering the plate when he broke the middle finger on his non-throwing hand. Like Brett Anderson and his batting injury, I’m not sure if it makes it better or worse that the injury did not occur on the mound.
Patrick Saunders and Nick Groke of the Denver Post provide the following on Lyles’ situation:
Lyles on Thursday saw a specialist, who confirmed that he suffered a fracture of the middle metacarpal on his left hand. Lyles said he did not think he would need surgery. And even though Lyles, a right-handed pitcher, can continue to throw during his recovery, he’ll be gone for a long time.
“He’s going to be out for a few weeks, but we don’t know exactly how long that is right now,” manager Walt Weiss said. “But it’s one of those things where he’ll have to be re-evaluated every week or so. And go from there.”
It sounds like it is going to be a long, long time before Lyles is able to return. When he does, the rotation he joins might look nothing like the rotation he left behind when he was placed on the DL.
Lyles had a 5-1 record to go along with a 3.52 ERA and a 3.85 FIP through 12 starts. At only 23 years old, Lyles has staked claim to a spot in the Rockies’ plans for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately that momentum will be stalled temporarily by this finger injury.