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MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH

WASHINGTON -- The Rockies began a three-game series in Washington on Monday and are slated to start three pitchers with a combined seven major league starts in the series heading into the week.

Lefty Yohan Flande made his second big-league start Monday, lefty Christian Friedrich was scheduled to make his third start Tuesday and lefty Tyler Matzek will make his fifth start on Wednesday. Flande was tagged with the loss Monday.

For comparison, the three starters in the Washington series (Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Doug Fister) have made 43 starts this season through Sunday and 361 starts in their career.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss said after Monday's loss that the Rockies have a tough assignment against the Washington pitchers. But he also knows many of his young pitchers can only get better with time.

"They have all made a case for being in the rotation," said manager Walt Weiss of his young pitchers. "Our pitching depth has been tested."

Friedrich was a first-round pick of the Rockies in 2008 out of an Illinois high school and made his big league debut in 2012 with 16 games out of the bullpen. He made four starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs last year before he missed the rest of the season with back inflammation.

Matzek was a first-round pick of the Rockies in 2009 out of a California high school. He spent all of 2013 at Double-A Tulsa and was invited to his first spring training this year with the Rockies.

Colorado will have an all-lefty rotation as Franklin Morales will get the start on Thursday for righty Jhoulys Chacin, who went on the 15-day DL Monday with right shoulder inflammation.

"I don't know if I have seen that," Weiss said of an all-lefty rotation.

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MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 36-47

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Rockies (LHP Christian Friedrich, 0-2, 8.10 ERA) at Nationals (RHP Stephen Strasburg, 6-6, 3.70 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--LHP Yohan Flande got the start on Monday against the host Nationals. In his second big league start and game, he was tagged with the loss as he gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. "He threw the ball well in his second big league start," said manager Walt Weiss.

--LHP Christian Friedrich will start on Tuesday at Washington. He is 5-10 in his career and 0-1 against the Nationals.