Groin strain sends Freeland to injured list

August 22nd, 2019

The Rockies placed left-hander on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain on Thursday, retroactive to Wednesday, and recalled right-hander Wes Parsons from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Freeland’s solid outing against the D-backs on Tuesday night ended abruptly when he exited with a left groin strain in the sixth inning of an 8-7 loss at Chase Field. After the left-hander’s 84th pitch of the night, he experienced discomfort, limping after he received the ball back from catcher Tony Wolters. Freeland quickly departed the field with trainer Keith Dugger and manager Bud Black.

“It was on that pitch, full extension, I just felt inside my groin grab pretty hard and then release,” Freeland said. “The steps I took afterward, I continued to feel it grab.”

Freeland has not repeated the success of his breakout 2018 campaign, when he won 17 games, posted a 2.85 ERA and finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting. He is 3-11 with a 6.98 ERA through 20 starts after Tuesday’s loss.

Although Freeland has had some better showings in the second half -- this was the fourth time in his last six starts that he allowed three or fewer earned runs -- the groin injury will be the next obstacle for the southpaw.

Freeland went on the IL with a left middle finger blister in late April, but he only missed one start. In 2017, he also missed about 10 days with a left groin strain similar to the one he sustained Tuesday.

“It felt the same, as far as I can tell,” Freeland said. “Same thing happened then, it was on a full extension throwing the ball where I felt it grab and then release."