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Tyler Chatwood out for at least one start as Rockies open season against Marlins

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UPDATE: The Rockies have indeed placed Tyler Chatwood on the disabled list, but are expecting a quick recovery for the right-hander. They expect to have him available for the road trip on April 12th, starting in San Francisco.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tyler Chatwood was one of the only bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for the Colorado Rockies during 2013, but after trying to stretch a base-knock into a triple last Friday night, it looks like he'll be missing at least his first start of 2014.

In what will undoubtedly be viewed as a head-shaking incident, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood injured his left hamstring last Friday night.

The young right-hander, who is coming off of a breakout season in 2013 that saw him go 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA, will not be making his season debut this Wednesday against the Florida Marlins, as Jordan Lyles will take Chatwood's place instead.

As of now, there is no news as to whether or not he will end up on the disabled list, but the Rockies are definitely moving forward with caution, especially when you consider the fact that Jhoulys Chacin is already on the sidelines until the beginning part of May.

Historically, injuries have been a constant plague for the Colorado Rockies, and to have Chatwood go down with only days to go before the start of the regular season is a shame.

As things stand right now, the Colorado Rockies starting rotation looks like this:

  1. Jorge De La Rosa
  2. Brett Andersen
  3. Jordan Lyles (substituting for Chatwood)
  4. Juan Nicasio
  5. Franklin Morales

Colorado opens up their season in a matter of a hours against the Florida Marlins, who one year ago were one of the National League's worst team. It should be a great pitching matchup with Jorge De La Rosa going up against last year's NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez.

After today, the Rockies will play three more games against the Florida Marlins before returning home to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Colorado's home opener.


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