Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot and will miss at least the next month before being evaluated by the team.

Gray had pitched in just three games and was throwing a one-hit shutout against the San Francisco Giants when he appeared to re-aggravate a toe injury he sustained during spring training. Manager Bud Black says the two may or may not be related but that the stress fracture is in a different place.

This news is another punch to the gut for a team already missing key players in Ian Desmond, David Dahl, and Tom Murphy. Gray was arguably the most indispensable member of the team, including Nolan Arenado.

In the short-term, the Colorado Rockies have called up Shane Carle and announced that Chris Rusin will get at least one spot start next week against the Los Angeles Dodger.

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“He’ll be back. He’ll be back hopefully relatively soon,” said Bud Black. “He’ll be able to play catch, do all of his upper body stuff … he’ll have to make some starts in the minor leagues.”

 

Drew Creasman is the Managing Editor of BSN Rockies and a writer at Pop Culture Spin in addition to working as a solo musician in the Denver/Boulder area. A lifelong Coloradan, Drew has always been plugged into the local sports and entertainment scene and has a healthy obsession with fact-based debate.