Colorado Rockies Injury News: Parra, Anderson Done for 2016
By Kevin Henry
As the Colorado Rockies conclude their final homestand of 2016, two more members of the Rockies have already had their seasons come to a close because of injuries.
Tyler Anderson, slated to start Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, was taken out of the rotation because of what the Rockies are calling “general arm soreness.” The soreness ends Anderson’s season with a 5-6 record and 3.54 ERA.
Because of Anderson’s past issues with injuries, Colorado manager Walt Weiss and Rockies management thought it best to be cautious.
“It’s taken a little longer for him to recover from his last start,” Weiss told reporters. “With what he went through last year, we don’t see any reason to push the envelope there. So we’re going to scratch him.”
Anderson coming out of the rotation means another start for fellow rookie Jeff Hoffman, who was relegated to the bullpen earlier this month. He’ll start on Saturday against the Brewers with an 0-4 mark and 6.04 ERA in five starts this season.
Hoffman has come out of the bullpen twice this season, logging a 2.25 ERA.
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His start on Saturday is expected to not be a long one, according to Weiss.
“He may be a tad bit deconditioned but we’ve got coverage out there (in the bullpen),” Weiss said. “So we’re probably looking at the five-inning, 75-pitch range, something like that. We have plenty of reinforcements.”
Also having his season cut short is Gerardo Parra, who was seen wearing a walking boot on Friday. He injured his left ankle in a collision with Trevor Story on June 15 and struggled to overcome the injury throughout the remainder of the season.
He was placed on the disabled list on June 17 and finally returned on August 7. When he returned, David Dahl had established himself in the outfield for the Rockies so Parra was relegated to playing first base. He hit just .232 with two homers and 12 RBI after coming back.
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Parra received a platelet-rich plasma injection in the ankle on Friday, signaling the end to his 2016 campaign.