Austin Gomber’s season is over.
The Rockies’ left-hander, the key piece to the Nolan Arenado trade with the Cardinals, will be placed on the 60-day injured list with pars defect, manager Bud Black said. Pars defect (or spondylolysis) is a stress fracture of the bones of the lower spine. The fracture typically occurs due to overuse.
The Rockies also announced that they selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner from Double-A Hartford. He will start in place of Gomber on Sunday.
Feltner, 25, has split his season between High-A Spokane and Double-A. In 20 starts, Feltner is 8-3 with 2.62 ERA.
The loss of Gomber is bad news for Colorado, but Black said that Gomber’s expected to make a full recovery.
“But it will keep him out the rest of the season,” Black said. “He was fighting a little bit of a back issue. He felt good enough to pitch in Chicago (against the Cubs on Aug. 25), but from there it got progressively worse.
“He pitched a bullpen and then pitched in Texas (last Tuesday) and still felt discomfort, but thought it was manageable.”
On Friday, however, Gomber underwent an MRI that revealed the condition.
Gomber finishes his first season with the Rockies with a 9-9 record, 4.53 ERA and a 1.240 WHIP over 23 starts (115 1/3 innings). Gomber started the season slowly, then pitched very well from mid-May through mid-June, before showing inconsistent results since then.
In August, he was 1-4 with a 7.56 ERA in six starts, with a 1.920 WHIP.
“(The back) was just sore and he felt a little restricted, at times,” Black said. “What he indicated to me was that he just couldn’t finish his pitches. He was inhibited by the soreness that this defect caused.”
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