Shoo, Shoo Injury Bug-Rockies Pitching Dealt Another  Setback

Day 65

In a previous post I talked about how I am not a Rockies apologist and the injury ridden season of 2008 was not something I’ll make excuses for. Somewhere in 2009 Tucson I keep having bad dreams of someone yelling,Helmet-Decal-US-Medic.jpg


It’s happened again. Another injury has taken an intergral part of the Rockies pitching staff to the get well station.

After reading Rockies beat reporter Thomas Harding’s assessment it sounds like Taylor Buchholz is out four to six weeks with a strain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.

No MD here but that sounds a tad bit painful. Last year I fractured both my elbows and hated life for a good month. At least Buchholz is only facing a strain but I’m glad his injury is the non-surgery season ending type. The Rockies suffered a blow to the starting rotation earlier this spring training when starter Jeff Francis decided to opt for season ending surgery.

taylor buchholz.jpgBuchholz came to the Rockies in a four player deal with the Houston Astros before the ’07 season. The Rockies traded then starting pitcher Jason Jennings for outfielder Willie Taveras and unproven pitchers Jason Hirsh and Buchholz. Buchholz has been a bright spot of that trade of late. Taveras was non-tendered and signed with the Reds this offseason and Hirsh posted a lackluster 8.31 ERA last season.

Buchholz had been given a shot at starting but was soon relegated to bullpen duty in ’07. The ’08 season saw him as a very reliable setup man for then closer Brian Fuentes who signed a deal with the Angels this offseason.

The loss of Buchholz, hopefully for no longer than six weeks, would put the Rockies at a disadvantage for the beginning part of the season but would require righthanders Jason Grilli and Ryan Speier to possible move into the position to fill the need for now.

 Hopefully from this point on the injury bug will fear the swat.


If not then higher powers can be brought in…



  1. rockymountainway

    Julia- I never thought Jobu looked like Manny, but now that you mention it! And the elbow thing, well let’s just say I went straight off about a height of about 6′ and locked my arms in place to stop the fall and my head crushing but instead I sent the arm bones into the elbow joint fracturing both. Wasn’t pleasant and trying to open the child proof medicine cap wasn’t fun either!


  2. rockymountainway

    Melissa- One of my favorite movies and honestly why I hold a little special place in my heart for the Indians.

  3. Lissi

    We take what we can get. Honestly I think they need to play Wild Thing when Kerry Wood comes out this year. He is our first legit closer in awhile so I think it makes sense.

  4. Kaybee

    Yeah, they were talking about all the Rockies’ injuries on the broadcast today (13-6…grrr). That’s gotta be a huge blow for you guys. But at least it looks like you have found you bats (or our pitching is going down the drain). But you guys were really due, so naturally you had to do it against your NL West rivals. Good game. It’s been a really good game for both sides, even though one of us are doing better than the other (ahem). GO PADRES!!

  5. AJRoxMyWhiteSox

    You’re gonna be disappointed again with my lack of movie knowledge. I’ve never seen “Major League.” I had to Google in order to figure out what movie your higher power was from after reading the comments. Stop judging me!

  6. rockymountainway

    Wild thing would be some tough shoes to fill Melissa.

    Kaybee- Lol yes you are right. Both sides good job for playing hard.

    Jen- Maybe you’ve seen the Sandlot and when I say “YOU’RE KILLING ME SMALLS!” you’ll get it : )

    Emily- No good indeed, but at least it’s six weeks max and they are being overcautious so some light at the end of this tunnel.


  7. raysrenegade

    I think that Todd Helton is also having back problem already in the Spring.
    You guys need Jobu in your locker room. The only good thing about the injuries now is that they might get taken care of and under control by the beginning of the eyar.

    Francis tho, that was a huge blow. Maybe Fogg can find his inner-Rockie and come back with an awesome year. I still think some guys who have been out of sight the last few years are going to have banner seasons.

    Just wish good things, luck seems to dwell on the positive this time of year.

    Rays Renegade

  8. rockymountainway

    Diamond- Yes the third was terrible! No argument there.

    Kathy- I was saying that the whole time I was getting Jobu ready for his blog debut here. Very bad.


  9. mlbtribefan

    Its funny how when life’s injuries affect our team’s players, we sometimes wonder why they can’t just bounce back making the money they do. Your personal perspective helped me to see that what Buchholz has is not that simple. Thanks for your perspective.


  10. Erin Kathleen

    Tom,If it’s not too personal of a question, how in the world did you fracture both of your elbows? And while I’m sure Buchholz is a very good young pitcher, I mostly remember him as the guy who gave up the winning run a balk in that game against the Braves. Poor kid, he looked like he was about to cry.

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