Friedrich dealing with sore left ankle after fall

Friedrich dealing with sore left ankle after fall

DENVER - Left-hander Christian Friedrich's sudden slip off the mound in the seventh inning was playing on a loop in the Rockies' clubhouse after Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Giants.

All the players were having a good laugh at the replay -- including Friedrich. But although Friedrich downplayed any injury to his left ankle after it buckled on the fall, manager Walt Weiss said the pitcher was still dealing with some soreness when he came to the ballpark for Friday's series opener against the Padres.

Friedrich's fall came on the final out of the seventh when he stepped to his right on Joe Panik's popup to short. With two right-handed starters on the mound, Friedrich believes he planted on the divot left by their cleats, rolling his ankle in the process.

The X-rays taken came back negative, but Weiss wouldn't specify if Friedrich would be available for Friday's game. Having pitched in the Rockies' most recent game, Friedrich would have been unlikely to be called upon, especially with expanded rosters.

Friedrich has tossed a total of 19 innings with the Rockies this season, allowing 20 runs (15 earned) while striking out 20. He started three games for Colorado earlier this year, but he's been operating out of the bullpen since his September callup.

Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.