Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black confirmed on Thursday morning that starting pitcher Peter Lambert would not be ready to open the season, should the Major League Baseball season continue on its original calendar.
After coming into Tuesday’s spring training game in relief for the Colorado Rockies against the Cincinnati Reds, Peter Lambert left abruptly after 1.1 innings after experiencing what was termed as a forearm injury at the time. He was charged with two runs during the outing and currently has a 6.14 ERA in four Cactus League appearances.
“We won’t know anything until this afternoon,” Black told Rox Pile and other reporters on Thursday inside the Rockies complex. “He’s going to miss some time.”
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When asked about the beginning of the season, Black was asked if the season started at a normal time if Lambert would be available. His response was a quick “no.” He also emphasized that more on Lambert’s injury would be known later in the day on Thursday.
With that in mind, we will update this article whenever further news becomes available.
Lambert was one of the possibilities for the fifth starter role with the Colorado Rockies heading into spring training, going up against Jeff Hoffman, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Chi Chi Gonzalez. However, this injury has taken Lambert out of that race, it seems.
Last season, Lambert posted a 3-7 record with a 7.25 ERA in 19 starts covering 89.1 innings. After having his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on June 6, Lambert made his debut against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. In that first start, he pitched seven innings and allowed just four hits and one run while walking one and striking out nine.
He followed that with a five-inning, one-run performance against the Cubs at Coors Field. He finished with 1.50 ERA after those two starts, but saw it balloon to 6.57 by the end of June.