{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

No plans on limiting Matzek's workload

|
No plans on limiting Matzek's workload play video for No plans on limiting Matzek's workload

PHOENIX -- With the abundance of injuries to pitchers this season, some teams are being cautious and limiting the innings their young pitchers throw. But there have been no plans to limit rookie starter Tyler Matzek entering the last month of the season.

"We'll monitor that … as we get into September, but there hasn't been any talk of that," manager Walt Weiss said.

Matzek, who will get the ball on Saturday against the D-backs, has thrown 84 innings in 15 games since the Rockies called him up in June. Combined with his 66 2/3 innings with Triple-A Colorado Springs, that's 150 innings on the 23-year-old's left arm -- more than he's ever thrown in a professional season.

Although he has never thrown that many innings since the Rockies drafted him in 2009, Matzek said he isn't feeling any adverse effects.

"Arm feels fine," Matzek said. "I had a good offseason this past offseason and built my body up to feel strong, so I'm feeling pretty good right now."

Matzek has had a rocky first season with Colorado. He's 3-9 with a 5.14 ERA, and his 4.35 FIP (fielding independent pitching) would tie him for 17th worst in the Majors if he ranked among qualified pitchers.

But his numbers naturally come with the caveats that he's a rookie pitching his first Major League season in the most hitter-friendly ballpark in the Majors, which he will likely continue to do through the end of the season without restriction.

"They haven't brought anything up to me because I feel fine, [velocity] feels fine, arm feels great," Matzek said. "So I don't think there's an issue right now."

Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español