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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Tyler Chatwood to have Tommy John surgery

By on 7/17/2014 06:00:00 PM

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood has been scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery next week and will miss the rest of the season, reports Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post:

Chatwood left his start April 29 against the Arizona Diamondbacks with elbow tightness and has not pitched since. He’s been making slow progress, but continued to feel pain in a live batting practice session last week and was “visibly upset” with how his elbow responded to breaking balls, according to Saunders.  

The surgery will cost Chatwood most of the 2015 season, if not all of it.

With Chatwood’s injury, the Rockies hopes for next season take a hit. The 24-year-old posted a 3.15 ERA (3.66 FIP) and allowed only five home runs in 20 starts last year, despite pitching his home games at Coors Field.

Colorado’s season has been derailed by injuries to the pitching staff. The Rockies have been forced to use 13 different starterss this season and own a 5.09 team ERA.

The Rockies will likely look for pitching prospects in return for whatever players they decide to ship off at this year’s trading deadline. 

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