Rogers suspects he has rotator cuff damage

Rogers suspects he has rotator cuff damage

DENVER -- Injured Rockies pitcher Esmil Rogers' throwing session turned ominous on Tuesday afternoon when he experienced unexpected pain in his right shoulder at 120 feet. As a result, Rogers said he suspects there is rotator cuff damage and hoped to undergo an MRI on Tuesday night.

Rogers (3-1, 7.66 ERA in five games, four starts) is on the 15-day disabled list with what the Rockies called a lat strain. The injury occurred during a rough relief appearance on May 1 against the Pirates. Rogers thought it would heal quickly, but pain returned during a recent bullpen session.

Now, Rogers is looking at the possibility of a more extensive injury.

"This is the first time my arm has hurt," Rogers said. "I don't like it."

Rogers was fine at 60 and 90 feet while playing catch with Rockies assistant athletic trainer Scott Gehret, but the pain began almost immediately when he stepped to 120 feet. Rogers moved to a shorter distance and completed the throwing session.

As a result, right-hander Clayton Mortensen, who has made two strong appearances against the Giants in two different callups from Triple-A Colorado Springs, is scheduled for two starts.