The music was muffled and the mood melancholy in the Colorado clubhouse even after one of the Rockies' biggest wins of the young season.
Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and the Rockies became the first team to decipher Josh Collmenter's tomahawk-throwing style, rallying past Arizona, 12-4, yesterday, but they lost pitcher Jorge De La Rosa in the opener of the day-night doubleheader.
An hour after the game, the Rockies said an MRI showed a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. That likely means Tommy John surgery that would sideline the lefthander for a year.
De La Rosa was the Rockies' top pitcher so far with a 5-2 record and a 3.51 ERA. He was coming off his first career complete game when he got hurt.
"Obviously, it would put a damper on it," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said before learning of the diagnosis. "I knew his arm was bothering him but I don't know to the extent."
"I wish him the best," Gonzalez said. "I hope he's OK. I want to see that guy back on the mound because he's one of the aces, one of the most important pitchers that we have on our club."
With Ubaldo Jimenez still searching for his first win, De La Rosa had been the Rockies' best pitcher, and his teammates sensed the gravity of his injury as they awaited word on De La Rosa, who was sent to a hospital for the MRI.
"We're very concerned," said Greg Reynolds (2-0), who got the win in relief. "I mean, he's a big part of this team and you keep your fingers crossed."
During the opener, a fan in the outfield seats was injured when he fell from the stairs and landed about 15 or 20 feet below on the concrete. Rockies spokesman Jay Alves cited federal privacy law in declining to give details, saying only: "We're aware of the injury in the outfield. He was transported to a local hospital."