Right-hander Jordan Lyles hasn't pitched since the fourth inning of a June 4 game against Arizona at Coors Field. That's when he fractured a bone in his left hand while covering a play at the plate.

Lyles never thought he'd be out of action this long, but he finally gets to start again Wednesday night when the Rockies host the Cubs. He's trying to make up for lost time.

"It's not fun being out that long," said Lyles, who was 5-1 with a 3.52 ERA at the time of his injury. "We have struggled starting pitching-wise, though we have done a better job since the (all-star) break. It was not always easy staying back in Denver and watching all of the games on TV."

Lyles, 24, threw 65 pitches during his final rehab game with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday, then immediately threw a 20-pitch bullpen session after the game.

"Everything is good," he said. "I'm not sure how far I'll go Wednesday, but hopefully it will be a normal start for me."

The Rockies have used a left-handed starter in 19 consecutive games. That number will turn to 20 on Tuesday when Brett Anderson faces the Cubs at Coors Field. Manager Walt Weiss said he will be glad to get Lyles' right arm and effective sinkerball back in action.