Kyle Freeland finally gave in to an ongoing blister problem on the middle finger of his left hand, which was aggravated by a broken finger nail, digging into the side of the blister.
The Rockies announced Monday that Freeland was placed on the injured list retroactive to April 19, the day after his last start. With the Rockies scheduled off on Thursday, Freeland is in line to miss one start, returning to the rotation and active roster next Monday or Tuesday in Milwaukee.
It was one of those good news/bad news days.
During the morning, Freeland had his number retired by his alma mater, Thomas Jefferson High School.
“He’ll be ready to go when the stay (on the injured list) is up,” said manager Bud Black. “Mother nature has to take its course. Both the medical people and Kyle feel confident that time will handle the issue with the finger nail and blister.”
Freeland said he has had some blister issues before, but what complicated the issue this time was the broken finger nail. The loose piece of the nail would dig into the side of the blister.
“We want to get the finger back to being healthy, so the situation doesn’t pop up again,” said Freeland. “We want to get the skin strong, the nail fine to where having it come back is no issue. We don’t want it popping up every five days.”
Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson was activated from the injured list in place of Freeland and started on Monday night. Another roster move will be made on Tuesday to create a roster spot, likely for Jeff Hoffman, who is in line for a one-day call up from Triple-A Albuquerque to provide pitching depth in Freeland’s absence.
Whether Hoffman starts could be determined by which relief pitchers the Rockies use in Monday’s game against the Nationals. While Harrison Musgrave has been used in relief with the Rockies this season, he was primarily a starter in the minor leagues.
First baseman Daniel Murphy, sidelined with a broken index finger on his left hand, wrapped up a three-day rehab assignment with Albuquerque on Monday, and will return to Colorado. With left-hander Patrick Corbin scheduled to start on Tuesday for the Nationals, it is likely that Murphy will not be activated until Wednesday.
That will give Murphy a day to be checked out and ease the demands of roster adjustments for the Rockies, in that Hoffman most likely will be returned to the minor leagues after Tuesday’s game, which would open the spot for Murphy. Infielder Pat Valaika would be the likely candidate to be sent down to initially create a spot for Hoffman, but in the long run his roster spot will be taken by Murphy.