Rockies' Chatwood leaves start with leg injury

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 1:39 am •  Published: March 29, 2014
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood was injured running out a triple Friday night in a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Chatwood was removed for a pinch-runner. The team said he sustained a slight strain and cramping in his left hamstring, and will be re-evaluated Saturday. Chatwood pitched two innings and did not allow a hit.

Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run. Wilton Lopez and Tommy Kahnle each pitched two scoreless innings for the Rockies, who shut out Seattle for eight innings.

Drew Stubbs had two hits for Colorado, including a triple.

The Mariners were held to four hits until the ninth, when their minor leaguers led the winning rally.

Seattle closer Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless eighth.

Both teams fielded everyday lineups.

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Rockies: Colorado chose to let Chatwood bat even though the Mariners used a designated hitter. Chatwood tried to walk off the pain at third base with a trainer watching, but was pulled.

Mariners: Roenis Elias got his last start before his big league debut next week at Oakland. He allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings.

"I didn't have much control of the fastball," Elias said in Spanish.

"I thought it was going to be a disastrous outing for him," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "That's usually the way it works when you tell a young man he's made the club, coupled with TV."

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Elias, a 25-year-old rookie left-hander from Cuba who has never pitched above the Double-A level, won a spot in the starting rotation. Veteran left-handed reliever Joe Beimel also made the club, with the Mariners optioning pitchers Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer to Triple-A Tacoma, along with reliever Lucas Luetge.

"I felt I was going to make the team because I worked really hard to get there. I fought hard to get this opportunity and I wasn't going to waste it," Elias said. "I'm going to show that I can help the Seattle Mariners."

Elias and recently signed Chris Young will hold down spots in the starting rotation to begin the season with Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker expected to begin the season in the disabled list.

Seattle opens Monday at Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels. Felix Hernandez pitches the opener followed by Erasmo Ramirez on Tuesday, lefty James Paxton on Wednesday, Elias on Thursday at Oakland and Young on Friday against the Athletics.

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