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Troy Tulowitzki is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

It appears to just be a day of rest. Daniel Descalso is starting at shortstop Friday in Tulowitzki's place.
Apr 24 - 4:20 PM

Adam Ottavino is currently dealing with slight soreness in his lower triceps.

The Rockies said that Ottavino was unavailable on Thursday due to general soreness, and now the area for concern is known. John Axford filled in admirably in a save chance Thursday and would stand to benefit the most if Ottavino was forced to miss any significant amount of time.
Apr 23 - 7:26 PM

John Axford picked up his second save of the season on Thursday with a scoreless ninth inning, polishing off the Rockies 2-1 victory over the Padres.

Regular closer Adam Ottavino was given the day off due to what he described as "usual pitcher's soreness". Axford worked around a one-out walk of Yonder Alonso by striking out Will Venable and Alexi Amarista. Ottavino has been superb as the Rockies' regular closer, but Axford should be expected to perform reasonably well when presented with the odd save chance. Given how few and far between those opportunities will come, though, he's not worth stashing as long as Ottavino is healthy and getting the job done.
Apr 23 - 6:17 PM

Jordan Lyles earned his second win of the season, holding the Padres to one run over 6 2/3 innings on Thursday.

Lyles allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out four in the sterling effort. Yonder Alonso was the only batter to do damage against the right-hander, knocking in a run with a single in the fourth. Despite a propensity for the walk and a lackluster ability to miss bats, Lyles has had a successful start to the season, sporting a 2.92 ERA. However, his 14/11 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings is concerning. Combined with his home ballpark, he's a risky play going forward. He'll toe the rubber in Arizona against the Diamondbacks next.
Apr 23 - 6:13 PM

Corey Dickerson's fifth-inning solo home run proved the difference in Thursday's victory against the Padres.

Dickerson broke a 1-1 tie with a fifth-inning blast to right-center off of Tyson Ross. It turned out to be the deciding factor as both teams failed to score the rest of the way. Dickerson homered twice on Wednesday despite dealing with plantar fasciitis. The 25-year-old is hitting .321/.367/.679 with five home runs and 13 RBI.
Apr 23 - 6:05 PM

Carlos Gonzalez is getting a day off Thursday.

Charlie Blackmon will start in right field and Drew Stubbs will cover center in the matinee versus the Padres.
Apr 23 - 12:21 PM

Justin Morneau is not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Padres.

Wednesday's walkoff hero, Daniel Descalso, will get the start at first base instead. This is just a day of rest for Morneau, who's hitting .231/.259/.327.
Apr 23 - 11:56 AM

Adam Ottavino notched the win in relief after the Rockies came back to beat the Padres 5-4 on Wednesday.

Ottavino worked a perfect ninth in a tie game before Daniel Descalso won it in the bottom of the ninth. Ottavino is off to a ridiculous start, with just one hit allowed and 12 strikeouts in 8 1/3 scoreless innings.
Apr 22 - 11:52 PM

John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his return to the Rockies Wednesday against the Padres.

It was a quick 10-pitch inning for Axford, with one strikeout mixed in. He could be next in line for saves in Colorado if Adam Ottavino falters, though that's showed no signs of happening.
Apr 22 - 11:51 PM

Corey Dickerson homered twice and walked from the second spot in the order Wednesday against the Padres.

Homers are especially good for a player with a sore foot. We're still nervous about Dickerson's plantar fasciitis, but that the Rockies are letting him play through indicates that it's not bad.
Apr 22 - 11:47 PM

Michael McKenry went 3-for-4 with a double and a steal Wednesday against the Padres.

It can't hurt McKenry that Wilin Rosario was sent down, but since Nick Hundley is off to a nice start offensively and is the obviously superior defender, McKenry is still a clear backup in Colorado. One oddity is that he already has two steals; he was 0-for-3 stealing bases in 250 major league games coming into the season.
Apr 22 - 11:46 PM

Rockies recalled RHP Scott Oberg from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oberg represents a live arm for an overworked bullpen. The right-hander owns a 2.15 ERA over 108 2/3 minor league innings in his career.
Apr 22 - 6:13 PM

Rockies placed RHP LaTroy Hawkins on the 15-day disabled list due to a biceps injury.

The Rockies are in need of bullpen help and Hawkins has been working through some things lately, so this DL trip may be of the manufactured variety. Still, a biceps injury could help explain why the reliever has allowed seven runs over six innings of work thus far this season. The team recalled Scott Oberg to take Hawkins' place.
Apr 22 - 6:11 PM

Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the restricted list.

Axford was away from the club for 10 days to be with his young son Jameson, who got bitten twice by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona. Jameson suffered some nerve damage in his foot but should ultimately be fine.
Apr 22 - 5:52 PM

Rockies optioned 1B Wilin Rosario to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Rosario wasn't getting much playing time and the Rockies needed bullpen help, so he was asked to pack his bags Wednesday and head for the farm. The 26-year-old has been on a steady decline since exploding onto the scene in 2012 with 28 home runs. He'll be the everyday first baseman for Albuquerque, though it shouldn't be too long of a stay for him there.
Apr 22 - 5:50 PM


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