Christian Friedrich Injury: Rockies P Out For Season With Stress Fracture In His Lower Back

DENVER, CO - JULY 28: Christian Friedrich #53 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the third inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Reds defeated the Rockies 9-7. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich is out for the remainder of the 2012 season after an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his lower back on Friday.

The cascade of injuries to the pitching staff must feel like a never-ending tidal wave for the Colorado Rockies in 2012. The latest bad news concerns rookie pitcher Christian Friedrich, who was shut down for the remainder of the season on Friday after an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his lower back. The team's first-round pick from the 2008 MLB Draft compiled a 6.17 ERA and a 5-8 record over 84.2 innings, but his recent bullpen session sparked concern about his health and ultimately led to the detection of the stress fracture, as reported by Thomas Harding of MLB.com:

Friedrich (back) and Juan Nicasio (knee) are both out for the season, while Jhoulys Chacin (chest) and Jorge De La Rosa (Tommy John) haven't been able to find their way back onto the mound either. It has certainly been a nightmare season for Rockies pitchers.

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