Young injured; starts set for Hammel, Francis
., has a stress fracture in his right tibia, an injury manager said Young suffered in the fifth inning Wednesday when he made an awkward turn around first base on a ball that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley misplayed.
“He showed up (Thursday) today with a lump (in his leg),” Tracy said. “There was a lump that (trainer) Keith (Dugger) was very concerned about and sent him to the hospital and they did an X-ray and the X-ray showed a small stress fracture of mid-tibia.”
Tracy said he didn’t know how long Young would be sidelined.
Infielder, a plus defensive player with some life to his bat, is expected to take Young’s spot on the roster. Herrera is hitting .313 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and has a .410 average his last 10 games.
After getting hurt, Young stayed in the game, which the Rockies won 4-3 in 10 innings, and was involved in a close play at first base in the ninth. He grounded to shortstop and was called out at first base by umpire Cory Blaser. Tracy argued the call and was ejected by Blaser.
In other news, Tracy announced after the Rockies 14-6 loss to the Nationals on Thursday night, thatwill start Saturday and will start Sunday. Both pitchers will be activated from the disabled list, so corresponding roster moves will have to be made.
Lefthander Greg Smith would seem to be in a precarious position in light of the plans to activate Hammel and Francis. Smith’s normal turn in the rotation would have been Saturday, when Hammel is now starting.
Hammel has been sidelined with a strained right groin and last pitched for the Rockies on April 26. Francis last pitched for the Rockies on Sept. 12, 2008. “A lot of time has passed since the last time I pitched,” Francis said. “I look forward to being out there and helping this team win a bunch of ballgames.”
suffered his first loss in Thursday’s game, which was called after eight innings due to rain. He gave up two homers to Ryan Zimmerman and allowed six hits and six runs in five innings. Chacin’s string of 15 1/3 scoreless innings, including 14 1/3 in his two starts, to begin the season ended when Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first. The Nationals third baseman capped a four-run sixth when the Nationals strung together three straight two-out hits with a three-run homer.
“A young kid who’s been brilliant the first two times didn’t have a very good start,” Tracy said. “But young kids that become very good pitchers bounce back from things like that, so that’s the interesting sequel that we’ll wait to see here in about five days.”