Ex-EKU star Friedrich to make first major-league start Wednesday

May 8, 2012 

Former Eastern Kentucky University All-American Christian Friedrich is scheduled to make his major-league debut for the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

Friedrich was called up from the Rockies' Class 3A affiliate in Colorado Springs late Monday and will start Wednesday afternoon against the San Diego Padres. The left-handed Friedrich will face Padres right-hander Anthony Bass (1-3) in the 3:35 p.m. EDT game.

Friedrich, a native of Evanston, Ill., will be looked upon to upgrade a Colorado rotation that has been beset by injuries and ineffectiveness. The Rockies' staff has allowed 156 runs and 35 home runs and has a 5.08 ERA — all National League worsts.

"This can't continue," Rockies Manager Jim Tracy told the Denver Post about his team's pitching struggles. "We have to get better."

This season at Colorado Springs, Friedrich went 2-1 in five starts with a 3.00 ERA. He posted 27 strikeouts and only four walks. Opposing batters hit just .213 against him.

"It would be huge for the organization if we could get some of these young guys to come up here and make an impact," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.

Friedrich was the 25th pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

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