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Apr 13, 2014 6:57 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Anderson's swollen finger a cause for concern

SAN FRANCISCO -- The injured left index finger of Rockies left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson swelled considerably overnight, leading the Rockies to schedule an X-ray on Sunday and consider an MRI on Monday.

At issue is whether Anderson, who suffered the injury while batting during Saturday's 1-0 victory over the Giants, will need to go to the 15-day disabled list. The Rockies announced during Saturday's game that Anderson had a contusion (bruise), but concern arose because of the swelling.

Anderson (0-2, 3.60 ERA) was having the best of his three starts for three innings before suffering the injury when he hit a Matt Cain pitch off the end of his bat.

The uncertainty could mean the Rockies will move lefty Franklin Morales (0-1, 6.94 ERA) back to the rotation. They moved Morales to the bullpen a couple of days ago and decided to keep righty Jordan Lyles (2-0, 3.86 ERA) starting. Morales has dealt with traffic on the bases in both of his starts, but has battled through and saved the bullpen. Weiss sees Morales as a versatile sort who can start or fulfill any lefty bullpen role.

 

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