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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Eddie Butler to miss AFL with back pain

By on 10/09/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Colorado Rockies struggled to a 66-win season in 2014 in large part to a pitching staff that was 0th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 4.84. One pitcher who the Rockies are hoping for big things from in the future is number two prospect Eddie Butler. He will miss the Arizona Fall League with back pain which surfaced during his final starts of the 2014 season.

As reported by Thomas Harding of, Butler was set to pitch for the Salt River Rafters on Friday, but after meeting with the team's training staff, was scratched from the AFL. Butler was replaced on the Salt River roster with Nelson Gonzalez, who pitched at Double-A this season.

The goal was to try and regain the mechanics that were lost during an injury-plagued season, which included missed time with a strained rotator cuff and soreness in his upper back and shoulder area following his final start of the season.
"When I got here to Arizona, sat with the training staff and went over how things were going, they checked me out and said my body was fatigued. They said it would be a better idea for me to stay here and get stronger, rather than go pitch."
Butler had a 1-1 record with a 6.75 ERA in three starts with the Rockies this season. In 16 innings, he allowed 23 hits, 12 earned runs with seven walks and only three strikeouts.  Butler pitched in 20 Minor League games this season, going 6-10 with a 3.99 ERA in 117 1/3 innings.

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