The Rockies rotation may have takenanother hit Thursday when right-handerJon Gray, the team's No. 1starter, left Colorado's win over the Giants after he reinjured the big toe on his left foot.
A darkhorse postseason pick in the NL, Colorado (7-4) already is dealing with the absence of Chad Bettis, who had a team-best 14 wins in 2016 but is out whileundergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer.
Grayunderwent an X-ray Thursday night, and the 25-year-old pitcher wasn't concerned he'd miss any time. But the X-rays revealed a stress fracture and Rockies manager Bud Black said Gray would miss up to a month.
The Rockies are hopeful the toe, initially injured late in spring training, won't be a season-long concern for Gray. Here's why: Despite being 0-0 this season, in Gray's past two starts, Colorado has victories over Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Dodgers No. 1 Clayton Kershaw.
“It stinks to have a set-back like that, but I’m just going to stay off it again and get it healthy,” Gray said of the toe injury.