Rockies ace Jon Gray reinjures toe, will miss a month

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Colorado's opening day starter returns Friday at Arizona after 2 1/2 months on the DL to try and end the team's eight-game skid.

If Rockies RHP Jon Gray is an ace, it's time to prove it

Colorado's opening day starter returns Friday at Arizona after 2 1/2 months on the DL to try and end the team's eight-game skid.

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.

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