According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies have placed starting pitcher Jordan Lyles to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left toe.
— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) June 1, 2015
Lyles sprained his toe on May 23 against the Giants, causing him to exit after just four innings. His next start was scheduled for last Friday in Philadelphia, but Lyles was pushed back to Sunday, where he faced just six hitters before leaving the game.
“We think he’s going to need a little time this time around,” manager Walt Weiss said before Monday’s game with the Dodgers. “Not sure exactly how long, but long enough to put him on the DL.”
“My biggest concern yesterday was to work towards home plate and not spin off,” Lyles said. “We were doing a good job, and then I had to get out of the way.”
As a corresponding move, Colorado has recalled right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Kahnle went 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 17 Triple-A games. He surrendered an earned run in seven of his first 11 outings, however, he turned over a new leaf by pitching shutouts in five of his last six appearances.
“He pretty much did it all [last season],” Weiss said. “We’ll probably ease him in.”
“It’s nice to be back,” Kahnle said. “That’s what I’ve been working for.”
Lyles, 24, has been struggling so far this season. He’s 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.