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Emergency appendectomy likely ends Drew Pomeranz’s season

Mark Townsend
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At this point, the Colorado Rockies must feel like they're cursed.

Drew Pomeranz, the centerpiece of the four-player haul they received from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Ubaldo Jimenez, underwent an emergency appedectomy Saturday night in Tulsa, OK — home of the Rockies' Double-A Tulsa Drillers — which will effectively end his 2011 season.

According to Pomeranz's agent, his appendix did not burst, but given the usual two-to-third week recovery period, it would be highly unlikely that he'd make another start for the Drillers or any other Rockies affiliate before the minor league season concludes. That's disappointing news for the Rockies, because they were hoping to get two or three more starts out of Pomeranz in the minors before possibly giving him a look with the big club in September.

Pomeranz only officially joined the Rockies on Tuesday — 17 days after the trade — due to Major League Baseball's rule that doesn't allow teams to trade draft picks until one year after they signed. He made a start for Tulsa on Wednesday night with general manager Dan O'Dowd and other members of the Rockies front office in attendance.

On 23 days rest, all Pomeranz did was retire the first 19 batters he faced, and finished with seven innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball.

Needless to say a lot of folks were anxious to see how he'd follow that one up.

Instead, Pomeranz joins a long, wide-ranging list of cruel, unusual and unlucky injuries/ailments suffered by Rockies this season. The first of which came just two pitches into spring training when third baseman Ian Stewart sprained his knee in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez. Stewart's season was a complete washout from that point on.

That was quickly followed by Aaron Cook closing a door on his pitching hand, breaking a finger. He missed ten weeks and only got his season on track in early August.

They also lost left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, whom they signed to a three-year, $32 million contract in the offseason, to a torn elbow ligament back on May 24. And most recently rookie right-hander Juan Nicasio sustained a broken neck after being struck in the temple by Ian Desmond's line drive. His future in baseball remains uncertain.

Thankfully, Pomeranz's situation doesn't mirror any of those in severity. But it's still quite the capper to what has been a very strange and equally disappointing baseball season in the Mile High City.

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