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Hirsh's road to recovery going well

Hirsh's road to recovery going well

CHICAGO -- Help is slowly making its way back to the Rockies.

Right-hander Jason Hirsh, who hasn't pitched in an official game at any level since suffering a broken right fibula when hit with a line drive last Aug. 7 while pitching against the Brewers, will start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday night at Salt Lake.

Hirsh has been out all season with a strained muscle in his rotator cuff. Expected to be in the rotation, provided he didn't suffer an injury or pitch horribly, Hirsh made just one Spring Training appearance. He held the Brewers to two hits in two scoreless innings, but the shoulder became sore and he has been on the rehab road since.

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Hirsh unknowingly became a play-in-pain legend on the day his injury occurred.

After missing time with an ankle injury, Hirsh was in his second start back in the rotation when the Brewers' J.J. Hardy lined a pitch off his lower right leg. Hirsh continued to pitch, holding the Brewers to three runs, two earned, in six innings to earn the win in the Rockies' 11-4 victory. It wasn't until the next day that X-rays revealed he'd been pitching on a broken leg.

Also, right-handed reliever Ryan Speier, on the disabled list with a bruised right shoulder, pitched 1 1/3 innings for Class A Asheville on Thursday night, and gave up two hits and a walk while earning a save.

Right-handed setup man Luis Vizcaino, on the DL since the early days of the season with a strained rigtht shoulder, pitched one scoreless inning with a strikeout for Colorado Springs on Wednesday at Salt Lake and could appear Friday night.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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