Colorado Rockies Rundown: Barnes Rakes, Lyles’ Rehab, Rafael Ynoa
Aug 6, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher J. Lyles (24) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Lyles is really bored, guys
Poor Jordan Lyles has been out of a walking boot for just two weeks, and the Colorado Rockies’ starting pitcher — who had toe surgery two months ago — is already bored to death with the rehab, and ready to play baseball again.
The 24-year-old righthander spoke to MLB.com about the rehab process, and how, well, how much it sucks:
"“Weird little things. Standing on a little mat and trying to balance, which strengthens all the different muscles and tendons around the actual injury. Manuals, where I have to resist someone pulling on my foot. Not fun stuff. Nothing interesting.”"
I literally feel for the guy through the quotes in that piece. It’s got to be some kind of painful to have an injury perceived as so bizarre end Lyles’ season (it’s a toe, after all, not an elbow or a shoulder), especially after a freak non-throwing hand injury ended his year last season, and the Colorado Rockies’ staff has been in such dire need of quality starters.
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All Lyles can do now is prepare for Spring Training, though there is good news there: he says he will be completely 100% by the time the spring rolls around, and he’ll be pain and injury free and able to do everything expected of him as he tries to make the starting rotation for 2016.
And in the meantime… somebody just play catch with the guy!
"“If someone needed a catch partner, I was out there. I’ve been throwing with Kyle Kendrick on his rehab [for right shoulder inflammation] this past week. We’re not going to have any schedule or anything throwing-wise and just go into the offseason normal. “I have not decided if I’m going to do winter ball to get some more innings, but I’m able to do that if that’s necessary. Definitely able to do things this offseason.”"
At least Lyles will be able to run again in a couple of weeks. The Colorado Rockies sure could’ve used him this year.