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Lyles set for first rehab start on Saturday

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles is scheduled to throw 60 pitches Saturday for Class A Modesto in his first injury rehab start. Lyles sustained a broken left hand on June 4.

"This is new territory, my first rehab stint," said Lyles (5-1, 3.52 ERA in 12 starts). "It's been a while since I've been out there. I've been on the mound just a couple times between when I got hurt and now. It'll be exciting to be out there, facing people and getting back to working on my pitches."

Lyles is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 4, which would have him in line to start at home against the Cubs Aug. 5. That means he'll make at least two rehab starts, although they could give him another if he needs it. Lyles said he will try to use a somewhat normal pitching plan during his rehab start Saturday.

"I'll throw everything, but maybe not as many sliders and cutters while I work on a curveball and changeup," Lyles said.

Lyles has been able to keep throwing because the injury was to his non-throwing hand.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for
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