DENVER— Colorado Rockies pitcher and Hartsville native Jordan Lyles will have season-ending surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left big toe.
The right-hander is scheduled to have the procedure performed by Dr. Joshua Metzl on Wednesday in Denver for what he described as “Tommy John (surgery) for my big toe.”
Lyles initially hurt his toe May 23 and tried to pitch through the discomfort. He re-aggravated the injury when he tried to avoid a line-drive single up the middle in the second inning Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“ I was trying to hold off the inevitable,” Lyles said of surgery. “They didn’t think I’d be able to handle the pain. But being a hard-head, I said, ‘Well, let’s see about that.’"
After surgery, Lyles said the immediate recovery process will involve just taking it easy.
“ I’ll be off my foot for a month or two and then use crutches for another month or two after that,” Lyles said.
The 24-year-old Lyles was 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA in 10 starts this season, his second with the Rockies. It is the second straight year he has been out for an extended period of time.
Lyles last season missed more than two months after he broke his left glove hand covering home plate after a wild pitch against Arizona on June 4. He was 7-4 with a 4.33 ERA in 22 starts last year.