Out with cut finger, De La Rosa to start Saturday

Rusin recalled to start Tuesday, while Flande optioned; Bettis to start for Lyles on Friday

Out with cut finger, De La Rosa to start Saturday

CINCINNATI -- The Rockies recalled left-hander Chris Rusin from Triple-A Albuquerque to start Tuesday night's game against the Reds because a cut on scheduled starter Jorge De La Rosa's left middle finger didn't heal in time.

De La Rosa played catch Tuesday and said he will start Saturday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

"It's a little sore because they had to shave my finger to get to the cut," De La Rosa said. "They want to give me extra rest."

Manager Walt Weiss said righty Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.10 ERA), who suffered a sprained left big toe during his start Sunday against the Giants, will have his next scheduled outing -- Friday at Philadelphia -- pushed back. Weiss did not reveal a date of the next start. Chad Bettis (1-0, 4.19 ERA), who threw 8 1/3 strong innings in a victory over the Giants on Sunday, will start Friday instead.

Lyles exits with injury

De La Rosa's finger cut materialized before his start on Thursday, when he needed 108 pitches to make it through 4 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Phillies at Coors Field. De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51 ERA) struck out five to become the team's career strikeouts leader with 774, one more than Ubaldo Jimenez.

De La Rosa had thrown 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his previous start, a road victory over the Dodgers. De La Rosa admitted the finger cost him command against the Phillies.

"It's hard," De La Rosa said. "When you don't have command, you're going to make mistakes."

Rusin, 28, was claimed off waivers from the Cubs at the end of last season. The lefty is 3-2 with a 6.29 ERA in seven games, including six starts, at Albuquerque this season. Colorado called Rusin up as its allotted 26th active player for a May 6 doubleheader, but he did not appear.

With the Cubs from 2012-14, Rusin was 4-9 with a 4.97 ERA in 24 games, including 20 starts.

To clear a roster spot for Rusin, the Rockies optioned left-hander Yohan Flande (7.36 ERA in three appearances) to Albuquerque.

Worth noting

• Outfielder Corey Dickerson, who is eligible to return from left foot plantar fasciitis on June 2, hit off a tee and played soft-toss Tuesday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list. Dickerson said he expects to take batting practice on the field during the weekend series in Philadelphia, and he will discuss a rehab assignment after testing it while running.

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