Rockies' Jordan Lyles throws four innings with broken hand

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles suffered a broken left hand on a play at the plate Wednesday night. He uncorked a wild pitch and was slid into when he covered home and applied the tag. Here's the play:

Lyles stayed in to pitch three additional innings despite the broken hand. They weren't very good innings though. He surrendered four runs (two earned) on seven hits in four innings of work.

Lyles told Cody Ulm of he knew something was wrong and there was no way he could continue to pitch through it any longer:

"I knew something was wrong," said Lyles. "I've never felt that feeling before."

Lyles returned to the clubhouse after the first inning to take X-rays, but the initial examinations were on his wrist area, which proved to be fully intact. Lyles came back out to grind through four innings, allowing four runs (two earned).

"I didn't want to come out during the first and make the bullpen throw nine," Lyles said. "There was something wrong. I couldn't catch the ball from the catcher."

The fracture is in the middle of his hand, right below his middle finger. Lyles was wearing a soft cast after the game and will see a specialist on Thursday. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined.

The Rockies are already with Tyler Chatwood (elbow) and Brett Anderson (finger), so 60 percent of their rotation is on the shelf.

(h/t Big League Stew)

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