Rockies lose Freeland for season




The Gazette, Colorado Springs


Kyle Freeland has been one of the Rockies’ rotation anchors in a year full of injuries to the staff, but his time on the mound this year ended Saturday. The Colorado Rockies announced Sunday before their 11-10 loss to San Francisco that the lefty will be placed on the 15day injured list, ending his season for the club. He was diagnosed with a right oblique strain after he left Saturday’s start between the third and fourth frame. It is the second costly stint on the injured list for Freeland. He also suffered a dislocated shoulder earlier this year that kept him out multiple starts. In his place, the Rockies recalled Noah Davis from Triple-a Albuquerque. He threw a pair of scoreless innings in relief in the loss. Peter Lambert suffered the same fate when he was placed on the injured list Saturday with arm troubles. Freeland finished the year with 29 starts and 155⅔ innings. He carried a 5.03 earned run average for the Rockies, but fell prey to a lack of run support in his team-high 14 losses. It is the fourth time he has thrown at least 155 innings in his seven-year career, but just the second time in the last five seasons. The Rockies lost each member of their starting day rotation at one point this season. Germán Márquez underwent Tommy John surgery; Ryan Feltner has been out for several months with a skull fracture; Austin Gomber is on the injured list with a back injury and José Ureña was released in late April. Even replacements in the rotation like Antonio Senzatela, Lambert, Chase Anderson and Davis all dealt with ailments. Through the team’s 149 games, including Sunday’s loss, the Rockies’ rotation has a 5.95 ERA and has accounted for a combined 2.5 wins above replacement.