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July 11, 2009 10:03 AM

Alan Embree breaks leg; career possibly over

The news is bad.  In a loss to the Braves last night, Alan Embree was hit in the leg by a line drive.  Embree ultimately had to be carted off the field as he couldn't put any weight on the leg.  The diagnosis: broken leg, season over.  Since Embree is 39 and had previously hinted that he'd retire after the season, Embree may have pitched his final game in the majors last night.

I don't know what to expect as far as a roster move.  With the All-Star Break coming up, the Rockies have plenty of time to evaluate their options.  One obvious possibility is for Randy Flores to return, but the Rockies might also consider calling up Greg Smith to replace Embree.  For this weekend, Jorge de la Rosa will be available in an emergency, since he's not scheduled to start and the break will give him a few days off.

The Rockies lost ground to the Giants last night.  You might have heard that Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter.  The Padres' punchless offense was held hitless for six innings by Tim Lincecum on Thursday night, and then got no-hit by Sanchez.  Sanchez hasn't been that good this year, but for Rockies fans, this is the equivalent of Jorge de la Rosa throwing a no-hitter: it's unexpected, but not that big of a surprise because you know he can be unhittable when he's on.

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