Freeland (11-11) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk through just three innings to take the loss against the Dodgers on Sunday.
This was Freeland's first start since taking a line drive off his shoulder Sept. 11, as he made his past four appearances out of the bullpen. The 24-year-old lefty will finish his rookie campaign with a 4.10 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 6.2 K/9, which are respectable numbers for a rookie that pitched 87 of his 156 innings at Coors Field. However, even following an encouraging freshman showing, turning to Colorado starters is usually a risky fantasy undertaking in most settings. Freeland probably shouldn't be viewed as a priority entering 2018.
Freeland will start Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Tyler Anderson was originally scheduled to start Sunday's game, but after the Rockies secured a Wild Card berth Saturday, they'll shake things up and put Freeland on the mound instead for the regular season finale. The southpaw will shift back to the bullpen following his Sunday spot start.
Freeland will have his start against the Padres on Saturday skipped, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Freeland exited his last start after being hit by a liner, and while he's apparently healthy enough to make his next start, his recent struggles prompted the Rockies to give the ball to Tyler Anderson instead. He owns a respectable 4.03 ERA in 27 starts this season, but the 24-year-old has faltered in three September outings, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) with a 9:9 K:BB through 10.1 innings. It's unclear if he'll rejoin the rotation after Saturday, though even if he doesn't, Freeland could still see some starts down the stretch should an opportunity arise.
Freeland (collarbone) should be OK to make his upcoming scheduled start Saturday against the Padres, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Freeland was lifted from Monday's start after being struck by a comebacker in the fourth inning. He was able to play catch Monday, and though he admitted to being "a little sore," he is confident that he'll be able to make his upcoming start Saturday against the Padres.
Freeland left Monday's game with a left shoulder contusion, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Freeland appears to have escaped with only minor damage after taking a scary line drive off his shoulder in the fourth inning Monday. His timetable will be defined by how he feels as the week progresses, but it's possible he may not even need to miss a start. Consider him day-to-day.
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