It is going to be a little odd and a little sad to see starting pitcher Jordan Lyles back on the mound for the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
Don’t get me wrong: of course I am happy for Lyles that he is back. Naturally I am relieved that the Rockies’ rotation will enjoy the return of one of its more competent members, even if the news does come on the same day that they lost Brett Anderson again.
What makes it weird is that I associate Lyles with the fleeting joy of the first two months of the season. When the Rockies were a successful team that was surprising people, Lyles was the successful pitcher who was surprising people. He was the one doing things like pitching his tail off on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That was then and this is now. The team to which Lyles returns now is truly a pile of hot garbage.
But return he shall. Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports the series of moves that took place:
The Rockies moved left-handed starting pitcher Brett Anderson to the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a lower back strain.
Anderson on Tuesday was removed from a game against the Chicago Cubs in the fourth inning after he experienced spasms in his lower back.
The move cleared a roster spot for right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Lyles, who was activated off the 60-day disabled list. Lyles will start against the Cubs on Wednesday night at Coors Field.
For his line on the season, Lyles enters Wednesday with a 5-1 record, 3.52 ERA, and a 3.92 FIP. All solid numbers, but now he faces the reality of pitching with quite the depleted squad behind him for a team that has lost five straight.
So um, yea…go get ‘em, kid.