TORONTO -- Still suffering pain from being hit by a pitch on his right ring finger Thursday, Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler was not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays.
Fowler went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday night in a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays, and batting against the Jays' right-handed starter Josh Johnson was unpleasant. The switch-hitting Fowler hit from the left side, and hanging onto the bat with his right hand was difficult. With a man on base late in the game, Fowler resorted to a bunt attempt. He ended up drawing a walk.
"The left side is probably a little tougher because on the right side he can probably take his top hand off the bat," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Rockies waiting to see extent of De La Rosa's injury
TORONTO -- The Rockies are crossing their fingers, hoping that left-hander Jorge De La Rosa's bruised left thumb heals in time for him to make his next scheduled start, which is next Sunday against the Nationals.
De La Rosa suffered the injury in the fourth inning Monday night, but held the Jays scoreless on one hit in seven innings. Matt Belisle took the loss in the 2-0 decision.
It's not the first such issue for De La Rosa this season. His previous two starts were affected by a cut on his middle finger. He lasted just five innings in those games and gave up 11 hits in one of them.
"We'll see, but hopefully with five days, he'll be fine," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Weiss cautious about Belisle's heavy workload
TORONTO -- Rockies right-handed reliever Matt Belisle has appeared in more games (264) than any other Major League pitcher since 2010, and manager Walt Weiss wants to make sure he doesn't overuse him.
Belisle took the loss in Tuesday's 2-0 decision against the Jays, and in three of his last four appearances the opponent has scored two runs. Belisle, one of the Rockies' most reliable players and leaders, actually accounted well for himself overall, but said he simply didn't execute a pitch to eighth-inning leadoff man Rajai Davis and that led to the runs.
The Rockies have leaned on Belisle lately, especially since closer Rafael Betancourt (right groin) and Edgmer Escalona (right elbow) are on the 15-day disabled list. But Weiss had given Belisle two days off before using him Monday, and will continue to monitor the workload.
"He's taken the brunt of it, with the injuries we have," Weiss said. "But we gave him two days off before last night. I've got to be careful with Matt. He's a warrior and he wants the ball all the time. He'll never turn it down. I've got to be careful of running him out there too much, not put him out there three consecutive days.
"I always feel good about Matt being in the game because of the way he competes. It was just a tough outing last night."
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