DENVER -- It's been a foregone conclusion for almost a week that left-hander Brett Anderson would make his return from a fractured left index finger Sunday. The only question was who would be shuffled off the 25-man and 40-man rosters to make room for Anderson's first start since April 12.
On Sunday, the Rockies solved that conundrum by optioning first baseman-outfielder Kyle Parker to Triple-A Colorado Springs and making the surprising decision to transfer right-hander Jordan Lyles to the 60-day disabled list.
Lyles was originally set to begin his rehab assignment on Friday before follow-up X-rays revealed his fractured left hand isn't as far along in the healing process as the Rockies anticipated. The move to the 60-day pushes back Lyles' timetable back at least a week with Aug. 4 now being the earliest he can return.
But the Rockies are just happy to have Anderson back, even if he'll be on a pitch count for his first start.
"It's been tough not having Brett," manager Walt Weiss said. "He brings a certain level of professionalism to our club when he's on the mound. The tempo he works at, the defense really loves playing behind him. He always gives the impression he's in control of the game."
After allowing just one run over 9 2/3 innings across his first two rehab starts, the Rockies decided to bring him back early on a pitch count.
"I'm not going to let him go 110 pitches today," Weiss said. "He'll maybe be on a little bit shorter leash than I would normally have. But we feel like he's good to go."
Anderson surrendered six earned runs over his first 15 innings with the Rockies before breaking his left index finger during a groundout off the Giants' Matt Cain back in early April.
The Rockies acquired Anderson from the Athletics for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Chris Jensen this past winter. Anderson has dealt with a multitude of injuries since breaking into the league in 2009 and hasn't thrown 100 innings since 2010.
Parker made one start for the Rockies at first after he was recalled on July 8 and earned his first career Major League hit. Overall, Parker is 1-for-9 in two stints with the Rockies this season.
Lyles has setback, transferred to 60-day DL
DENVER -- The Rockies transferred right-hander Jordan Lyles to the 60-day disabled list Sunday to make room for left-hander Brett Anderson after follow-up X-rays revealed his broken left hand isn't as far along in the healing process as they hoped.
Lyles was also involved in a minor car accident as a passenger after Friday's game, but the team confirmed that has nothing to do with the decision to transfer him to the 60-day DL.
"He's got some facial injuries," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's going to be OK, but he doesn't look pretty."
Lyles hasn't rejoined the team since the accident occurred. After a successful live bullpen session Friday, Lyles was tentatively scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Double-A Tulsa on July 18.
Lyles also fielded grounders and received the ball Friday for the first time since fracturing the third metacarpal in his glove hand during a play at the plate on June 4. But upon viewing those X-rays after the live batting practice session, the Rockies ultimately elected to give him a little more time.
The team wanted him to make a total of three rehab starts, with the third possibly coming for the Rockies with a pitch count against the Cubs on July 28. That would be similar to the path that Anderson took following two sharp rehab starts, but the move to the 60-day DL pushes Lyles' timetable back a week.
Lyles' earliest return date would now be Aug. 4, an off-day for the Rockies. His move to the 60-day also ensures that left-hander Franklin Morales remains in the rotation for at least two more starts than the team anticipated.
Lyles had totaled a 5-1 record and 3.52 ERA in his first 11 starts with the Rockies since the team acquired him and outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Astros in a deal for outfielder Dexter Fowler.
Butler gives up three runs in rehab start
DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler pitched four innings and gave up three runs in his first rehab start with Class A Advanced Modesto Saturday as he works his way back from right rotator cuff inflammation.
Butler threw 40 of his 58 pitches for strikes but threw 28 of those in the first inning when Bakersfield got to him for all three runs.
"Sounds like he was a little rusty," manager Walt Weiss said. "He had a tough first inning but it looks like he settled in after that."
"I was a little antsy and was overthrowing in the first inning," Butler told the Modesto Bee. "About halfway through the second inning, I dialed it back and through the fourth I was able to maintain that level of intensity and actually hit some spots."
Overall, Butler surrendered two hits, two walks and struck out two but Weiss was more concerned with the fact that Butler felt fine physically after the outing.
"With the rehab guys, the most important thing is that they come out of it healthy and they get their work in," Weiss said.
Butler is expected to make his next rehab start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. Weiss has confirmed Butler is "absolutely" an option to rejoin the Rockies on July 22 when the team first requires a fifth starter out of the All-Star break.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.