Rockies RHP Jason Jennings will miss the rest of the season with a fractured right middle finger, yet another injury for a last-place team already struggling to find reliable starters.
Jennings (6-9, 5.02 ERA) hadn't missed a start to injury since joining the team in late 2001 -- he made 124 starts -- only to be hurt Wednesday in Washington not on the mound, but trying to break up a double play at second base.
For now, his spot in the rotation will be taken by Jose Acevedo (1-0, 3.92 ERA in 17 innings), as long as the right-hander comes through a throwing session today without problems. He sprained an ankle earlier this week, but is expected to be cleared to pitch Monday against the Mets.
* EARLY RETURNS: Several days after the Pittsburgh director of player development Brian Graham suggested 1B Brad Eldred wasn't ready yet for the majors, Eldred made his major league debut against Colorado
Eldred, who had 28 homers at Class AAA Indianapolis and Class AA Altoona this season, is a dangerous fastball hitter but is still adjusting to breaking balls. He singled in his first at-bat against Jamey Wright.
* POWER OUTAGE: A power outage at Great American Ball Park delayed last night's game between the Brewers and the Reds in Cincinnati for 25 minutes in the top of the seventh inning.
* BACK FOR SECONDS, AND MORE: Philadelphia's Chase Utley has played every inning of every game at second base since June 6 (351 innings).
-- From News Services