PHILADELPHIA -- Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles' hard luck continued Sunday when he re-injured his left big toe six batters into the team's 4-1 victory over the Phillies. Lyles is likely headed for the 15-day disabled list, although manager Walt Weiss declined to announce that decision.
Lyles (2-5, 5.14 ERA) skipped to avoid Cody Asche's hard line drive, and the replay showed him wincing in pain. He was attended to by assistant athletic trainer Scott Gehret, threw a test pitch, and trudged to the dugout with one out in the second inning. It was the third time in four starts he has left with an injury, and the second straight time the toe was the culprit.
"When I tried to get out of the way, I pushed off and I overextended the joint capsule, same as last start," Lyles said. "I won't be making my next start. I'd already torn and broken everything in my joint the last start. We just tried to delay the inevitable -- taped it as tight as we could tape it.
"I was doing fine until I overextended it, and my joint just blew up again."
In his last start, on May 23, Lyles suffered the injury in the fourth inning of a game he was pitching well in against the Giants. Lyles finished that inning, but was ineffective in the next inning and left with the bases loaded. The injury led to his being charged with six runs (five earned) and seven hits in four innings.
The Rockies backed up his next start to Sunday, hoping he would have recovered. Lyles had a 2-0 lead when the re-injury occurred. Asche would score on Cameron Rupp's two-out double against the replacement pitcher, lefty Chris Rusin, so Lyles was charged with one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings.
On May 13, Lyles was hit on the back of his right hand by a line drive from the Angels' Albert Pujols while recording the final out of the first inning and did not return. Lyles had considerable swelling but made his next start against the Phillies.
The injury to Lyles likely means the Rockies will call up righty David Hale from Triple-A Albuquerque to start the second game of a home doubleheader against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Rusin, who held the Reds to one run and four hits in seven innings on Tuesday, was a candidate to make that start.
Hale was called up on May 23 for the second game of a doubleheader against the Giants and pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs for the decision in a 5-3 victory.
However, Weiss said righty long reliever Christian Bergman or lefty John Lannan, who is scheduled to start for Albuquerque on Monday, also are possibilities.
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