GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Rockies' No. 2 prospect
, Drew Pomeranz, was midway through his most promising start of the Cactus League season when he consulted with coaches and training staff and ended up leaving Tuesday's game against the Dodgers after two perfect innings due to tightness in his right hip.
"My hip's a little tight," Pomeranz said after his departure. "It was tight in warm ups, too. I was seeing if it was going to warm up at all. It's just an annoying little thing I felt. I could have still pitched, but there's no point in pushing it."
Pomeranz, a 23-year-old southpaw, will likely be a member of the Rockies' rotation in 2012. He has felt the tightness in his lead hip in the past, including after his previous Cactus League starts. He told pitching coach Bob Apodaca and a trainer about the stiffness while warming up and kept the team appraised of his status after each inning on the mound.
"I knew what it was -- it's not like something that came out of nowhere," Pomeranz said. "It's been getting a little tight after starts. Usually I feel it the next day. I don't know if it's just getting back into the swing of things or what. Usually the next day it's a little tight and goes away. It's nothing I'm worried about."
Pomeranz expected to pitch four innings, and does not expect to miss a start as a result of the tightness. He's pitched seven innings in three Cactus League starts, yielding no runs on three hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. He showed pinpoint control with good movement on his fastball against the Dodgers, striking out two without letting a ball out of the infield.
"My curveball was real good today," Pomeranz said. "My fastball's cutting good. I don't do it on purpose, but it cut real good on the ball I struck [Andre] Ethier out with. It's the best I've felt command-wise in a while."
Pomeranz was the player to be named later in last summer's trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians. He was Cleveland's first-round pick, fifth overall, in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and made his debut with the Rockies in September, going 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts spanning 18 1/3 innings. He struck out 13 and walked five.