Ty Blach will start Sunday against the Padres.
He'll make a spot start to give Johnny Cueto (groin) an extra day of rest. Blach will be making his first career start on Sunday. The left-hander has only allowed one hit over six scoreless innings since his call-up on September 1.
Carlos Gonzalez is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.
Gerardo Parra will fill in at right field and bat fifth. It's a convenient night for Gonzalez to take a breather, as he holds a .199 career average in 36 at-bats against Clayton Kershaw.
DJ LeMahieu is not in the Rockies' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.
He's just getting a routine day off. LeMahieu has had a career year for the Rockies and is on the cusp of winning his first batting title. Rookie Pat Valaika will draw the start at second base Saturday while batting seventh against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
X-rays Ken Giles' injured right wrist came back negative.
Well that's a relief. Giles went down with a scary wrist injury after getting smoked by a line drive in batting practice but it looks like he's going to be okay. The Astros are calling his injury a "right wrist contusion." It's safe to assume Giles won't be available against Oakland on Saturday (he probably wouldn't have been anyway after blowing a two-run lead the night before) but he shouldn't miss much time. Consider him day-to-day.
Colby Rasmus (ear, vertigo) remains unavailable.
Rasmus had a cyst removed from his ear last month, which has led to dizziness and other vertigo-like symptoms. He's had a miserable second half, hitting .095 with 30 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. Jake Marisnick, Tony Kemp and Marwin Gonzalez have all seen time in left field during his absence.