Pomeranz exits early with an injury

Pomeranz exits early with an injury

Pomeranz exits early with an injury
SAN DIEGO -- The Rockies' depleted rotation took another hit on Monday night when left-hander Drew Pomeranz was hit on his right quadriceps by a line drive in the second inning against the Padres at Petco Park, and left the game an inning later.

In between being hit and leaving the contest, Pomeranz got in a lick of his own. With one out in the third, he knocked a 395-foot home run off Padres pitcher Edinson Volquez -- whose line drive hit Pomeranz. According to the Padres, it was the third-longest homer at Petco by a pitcher. The Marlins' Carl Pavano hit one 413 feet in 2004 and the Braves' Jorge Sosa drove one 411 feet in 2006.

Pomeranz gave up three runs on five hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. After being hit by the liner, and answering with the homer, Pomeranz walked two and gave up two singles, including Yonder Alonzo's RBI single, in the third inning.

Monday marked the 17th time in 28 games that the Rockies' starter has thrown fewer than six innnings.

The Rockies already have right-handers Jeremy Guthrie and Jhoulys Chacin on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Guthrie, who was injured in an April 28 bicycle accident, will face hitters at Petco Park on Tuesday with the hope of making his next outing a Minor League rehab assignment. Chacin was moved to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 2, on Monday. The Rockies demoted him to Triple-A Colorado Springs last week but were able to rescind that move because of the injury.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.