Despite being hit on his pitching hand by a line drive last Sunday, Tyler Chatwood still thinks he'll be able to make his next start on Saturday. According to MLB.com's Thomas Harding and Ian McCue, the Colorado right-hander is optimistic about a quick recovery from his sore hand, but manager Walt Weiss was not quite so enthusiastic after seeing the replay of the incident. He did state that he was willing to let Chatwood start even if he skipped his customary bullpen session.
"It gives him a shot," Weiss said. "I think that thing's going to be sore for a few days."
Chatwood lost feeling in his thumb during Sunday's start after instinctively reaching for a line drive by opposing pitcher Mike Leake, causing the ball to strike his fingers hard. Weiss said that the Rockies' off day on Thursday might make the difference between Chatwood being able to make his start or not, as he will get five days rest instead of the normal four.
Before Chatwood returned from his previous DL stint, Jeff Manship had been filling in for Chatwood in the rotation. The results have not been good for Manship: a K/BB ratio of just 13:8 and five home runs given up in just 23 1/3 innings contributing to his 6.94 ERA. With Chatwood back, Manship has pitched a couple of times in relief, but the Rockies could be forced back into using him in the rotation.
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