Colorado Rockies — as of April 14, 2017

2017/04/17

Up:

     Dustin Garneau, C: April 14 – Dustin Garneau has started 5 of the 12 games that the Rockies have played to date, including all 3 games when they faced a LH SP.

     Mark Reynolds, 1B: April 14 – Mark Reynolds was added to the Rockies’ roster in late March when Ian Desmond went on the DL and he has started every game at 1B except for one. More recently, he and Gerardo Para have also seen some time in the #5 spot in the Batting Order in place of Trevor Story. He should stick around at least until Desmond returns around the end of April or the first week of May and may remain afterwards if he continues the hot hitting he’s produced over the first two weeks of the season.

     Gerardo Parra, OF: April 14 – Before going on the paternity leave list, Gerardo Parra had started 3 straight games in the #5 spot in the Batting Order, replacing Trevor Story. It will be interesting to watch what happens when Parra returns to action.

     Stephen Cardullo, 1B/OF: April 14 — Stephen Cardullo seems to have taken over the lead role as the Rockies’ fourth OF. He’s started 3 game in the OF – 2 more than any other non-regular. Ironically, in the only game where Mark Reynolds didn’t start at 1B, it was Gerardo Parra rather than Cardullo who got the start there.

Down:

     Tony Wolters, C: April 14 – Although he’s still #1 at Catcher, Tony Wolters has only started 7 of the 12 games that the Rockies have played to date. He has yet to start a game against a LH SP.

     Trevor Story, SS: April 14 – Off to a slow start, Trevor Story has recently been dropped to the #6 spot in the Batting Order from #5.

In:

     Ramiel Tapia, OF: Apr 14 – 7:11 PM (Rotoworld/Baseball Reference) — Ramiel Tapia has been recalled from the minors to provide OF depth while Gerardo Parra is on the paternity leave list.

     Dustin Garneau, C: April 14 – Dustin Garneau is serving as the Rockies’ backup Catcher behind Tony Wolters while Tom Murphy is on the shelf. Murphy is expected to return to action around the end of April and Garneau will probably be sent to the minors around the same time.

     Stephen Cardullo, 1B/OF: Mar 31 – 3:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies purchased the contract of 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Rockies removed Cardullo from their 40-man roster over the winter, but he earned a spot back during Spring Training and should see some starts while Ian Desmond (hand) and David Dahl (rib) are sidelined.

     Chris Rusin, RP/SP: Apr 9 – 1:09 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies activated LHP Chris Rusin from the 10-day disabled list.

Rusin got a late start to the season due to an oblique injury. He’ll work in long relief, a role he was very effective in last season with a 2.58 ERA and 41/8 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings.

     Shane Carle, RP: Apr 14 – 7:15 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies recalled RHP Shane Carle from Triple-A Albuquerque.

With Jon Gray on the disabled list, Carle will provide an extra arm in the bullpen for a couple of days until the Rockies determine what they’d like to do with Gray’s rotation spot.

Out:

     Ian Desmond, 1B, OF, SS: Mar 12 – 7:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Ian Desmond has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand, the result of getting hit by a pitch in Cactus League play on Sunday.

He’ll visit a hand specialist on Monday, March 13. There’s no word yet on how much time he may miss but he’ll certainly start the season on the disabled list. It’s a crushing blow to the Rockies, where Desmond was their big splash offensively over the winter. They now have a gaping hole at first base to fill.

     Mar 13 – 4:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Ian Desmond will have surgery on March 15 to repair the fractured second metacarpal bone in his left hand.

There’s no word yet on how long Desmond’s rehab will take but, obviously, he’s going to be looking at an extended absence, which means Mark Reynolds is in line to play first base for a while for the Rockies.

     Mar 14 – 12:19 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies manager Bud Black said that Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to return in late-April.

     Apr 2 – 1:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed 1B Ian Desmond on the 10-day disabled list.

Desmond fractured a bone in his left hand in mid-March and had to have surgery. The expectation is that he’ll be ready to rejoin the big club before the end of April. Mark Reynolds will hold down first base until Desmond is ready.

     Apr 11 – 6:18 PM (Rotoworld/Denver Post) — Ian Desmond (hand) will begin playing catch and fielding groundballs later this week.

The hope is that he’ll be ready to make his Rockies debut around late April or early May but there is no exact timetable yet.

     Apr 14 – 9:06 AM (Rotoworld/Denver Post) — Ian Desmond (hand) took infield practice on Thursday.

He’s resumed baseball activities and is now able to play catch and take ground balls at first base. Manager Bud Black is hoping he’ll advance to batting practice next week. It “remains possible” that Desmond could return by the end of April.

     Tom Murphy, C: Mar 14 – 12:34 PM (Rotoworld) — Tom Murphy will miss 4-6 weeks with a hairline fracture in his right forearm.

Murphy suffered the injury on Sunday, March 12, when he hit Anthony Rizzo’s bat while trying to throw to second base. He actually stayed in the game at the time so, clearly, the injury was much worse than initially believed. Tony Wolters will see the bulk of the playing time for Colorado for the first month of the season.

     Apr 2 – 1:56 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed C Tom Murphy on the 10-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his right forearm.

Murphy will miss most, if not all, of April with the injury. The Rockies will use Tony Wolters and Dustin Garneau behind the dish until then.

     David Dahl, OF: Mar 6 – 3:33 PM (Rotoworld) — David Dahl has been diagnosed with a stress reaction of his sixth rib and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

It was initially described as a back injury but further testing has yielded a more accurate picture of what exactly Dahl is dealing with. The young outfielder seems likely to open the 2017 regular season on the 15-day disabled list, backdated to sometime in late March. He’ll be limited to light cardio until March 20 or so.

     Mar 17 – 8:41 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies manager Bud Black said Friday that David Dahl (ribs) is making progress and could soon increase activity.

Dahl underwent a follow-up MRI today, the results of which aren’t yet known. He has been limited to only light cardio work for the past few weeks but could soon be cleared for some baseball activities. He’s expected to begin the year on the disabled list but could be ready for a return in mid-April.

     Mar 20 – 7:01 PM (Rotoworld) — David Dahl has not been cleared to hit yet after an MRI on March 17 showed that his injured rib was still healing.

He’ll remain limited to cardio work for now and is about 10 days away from baseball activities. It’s not a setback per se but Dahl was obviously hoping to be a little further along in his recovery. He can officially be ruled out for any more Cactus League games.

     Apr 2 – 1:52 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed OF David Dahl on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his rib.

Dahl hasn’t been cleared to resume full baseball activities yet but it probably won’t be long. He figures to miss most, if not all, of April. Gerardo Parra will be the Rockies’ left fielder in the meantime.

     Jon Gray, SP: Apr 14 – 7:10 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed RHP Jon Gray on the 10-day disabled list with a left big toe injury.

Gray originally suffered the injury during Cactus League play and was forced to leave his March 13 start when he aggravated it. There’s no clear time-frame for his return at the moment but expect him to be sidelined for a couple of weeks at least.

     Apr 14 – 8:28 PM (Rotoworld) — Jon Gray has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot and will miss at least a month of action.

Gray had been battling what the club believed to be a toe injury but X-rays revealed that he indeed has a stress fracture. It sounds like he’ll be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks before being re-evaluated.

     Chad Bettis, SP: Mar 10 – 1:24 PM (Rotoworld) — Chad Bettis revealed today that he will undergo chemotherapy after his testicular cancer unexpectedly spread.

Bettis had undergone cancer surgery in Late November and early indications were that it had been successful and the cancer had been totally removed. However, his doctor spotted inflamed lymph nodes during Bettis’ checkup last week and ordered an immediate biopsy, which revealed the unfortunate news. It’s unclear at this point how long this will keep Bettis away from baseball.

     Mar 26 – 4:02 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed RHP Chad Bettis on the 60-day disabled list with testicular cancer.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Mark Reynolds. Bettis began chemotherapy last week and is slated to miss most of the season. However, Rockies manager Bud Black has said the 27-year-old right-hander intends to return to Major League Baseball this summer.

     Chad Qualls, RP: Apr 2 – 1:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed RHP Chad Qualls on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation.

Qualls missed most of spring with the injury but he’s throwing again and might not miss a ton of time.

     Apr 8 – 9:13 PM (Rotoworld) — Chad Qualls (forearm) threw in a simulated game on Saturday.

Manager Bud Black described the session as “Chad Qualls-like.” Qualls landed on the DL with right forearm inflammation but seems to be on the mend. Barring a setback, it’s safe to assume he’ll be back in the Rockies’ pen later this month.

     Apr 11 – 6:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Chad Qualls (forearm) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment today with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Qualls missed much of spring training with inflammation in his right forearm but he could be ready to join the Rockies’ bullpen sometime next week if everything goes smoothly on the farm.

     German Marquez, RP/SP: Apr 9 – 1:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies optioned RHP German Marquez to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Marquez didn’t make an appearance in the first week. He’ll join Albuquerque’s rotation.

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