The reaction was immediate and it was not good.
Moments after throwing a pitch to Oakland A's outfielder Mark Canha leading off the bottom of the third inning, Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland used his right hand to grab below his left should and was in obvious discomfort.
He walked to the area between the pitcher's mound and home plate and was soon met by Rockies medical personnel.
Rockies manager Bud Black said after the game that Freeland had suffered a strained shoulder "of some degree."
"I think we'll know more in the ensuing days after some imaging," Black said. "But right now it sets up as a strain to the left shoulder to some extent."
Freeland had pitched two innings before the injury. He was making
"The back of the shoulder was where the pain was coming from," Black said. "When you see that, it's a sickening feeling for all of us. We're keeping our fingers crossed and hopefully we get some good news out of this. But I'm concerned."
Freeland was in the midst of his third start this spring when the injury occurred.
"He's been great all spring as far as hitting all his markers to get ready for the season," Black said. "Every side session, every batting practice, he has made his starts. He has made his side sessions in between these starts once games started, no indication at all that this possibly could happen. No indication at all."
The Rockies would lose the game to the A's, 4-1, but more importantly, have seemingly lost Freeland for at least some time. The Rockies are hoping it won't be long.
Colorado takes on the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, March 24. The regular season will being on Thursday, April 1 against the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field.
Video of Freeland's injury and the comment from Black are below.