RHP Jason Hammel said groin injury flared up
Right-handed pitchermade a surprise announcement after the Rockies 9-2 loss to Kansas City on Friday night.
During a post-game session with the media, Hammel said he once again felt soreness in his groin. Hammel was on the disabled list for 15 days earlier this season with a groin strain. He came off disabled list last weekend and worked seven innings in a victory against Washington.
Then on Friday, when he had a decent effort that came unraveled in the seventh inning, Hammel said he felt soreness during his warmup session in the bullpen, and it continued during the game.
Hammel said he could pitch with the problem.
The Rockies, however, could decide to put Hammel back on the disabled list, and keep left-hander Greg Smith in the rotation. There had been an expectation that either Smith orwould be sent to the minor leagues after Smith started on Wednesday, which would allow the Rockies to get back to a normal seven-man bullpen.
As for Friday, however, the Rockies were maintaining a bullpen with two long relievers, which leads to speculation that the club might have had lingering concerns about Hammel’s groin and wanted to see how he responded on Friday before making a roster move.