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Greg Holland allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work Monday against the Rangers.

While Holland struck out two in the frame, he allowed a single, a double, and a triple and also let in a run on a wild pitch which occurred on a third strike. He needed 27 pitches to get through the frame. The plan calls for Holland to pitch again on Tuesday, which would mark the first time this spring that he has appeared in back-to-back games. He’s looking like the favorite to begin the year as the closer, so obviously it’s a big test for him.
Mar 27 - 8:16 PM

Kyle Freeland yielded four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Monday’s start against the Rangers.

Freeland had allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last four appearances, so this was a notable step back for him. The 23-year-old gave up seven hits (including a homer to Mike Napoli) while walking three. He still appears to be in decent shape to begin the year with a rotation spot, but this wasn’t the best timing for a shaky outing. There should be more clarity on the rotation in the next couple of days.
Mar 27 - 8:15 PM

Rockies optioned OF Ramiel Tapia to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Tapia made his MLB debut last year as a September callup, batting .263/.293/.263 over 41 plate appearances. The 23-year-old outfield prospect should get another (longer) look at some point in 2017, though he's somewhat buried on the Rockies depth chart here at the end of camp.
Mar 27 - 1:24 PM

Greg Holland is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back Cactus League games for the first time on Monday and Tuesday.

The veteran right-hander, who is now expected to begin the season as the Rockies' closer, owns a 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 6/2 K/BB ratio across 3 2/3 innings so far in Cactus League play. His health is certainly a concern, but Holland looks to be a considerable bargain in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Mar 26 - 10:00 PM

Nolan Arenado smashed a two-run homer in the top of the first inning Sunday as the Rockies beat the Padres 4-1 in the Cactus League.

Arenado mostly struggled at the plate for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but he doubled in his first game back with the Rockies on Friday and the star third baseman took Padres starter Jarred Cosart deep on Sunday. Arenado, 25, should be a top-seven pick in most standard fantasy leagues leading into the 2017 regular season.
Mar 26 - 7:33 PM

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.
Mar 26 - 4:02 PM

Rockies purchased the contract of INF Mark Reynolds from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Reynolds will serve as the Rockies' regular first baseman until Ian Desmond (hand) returns. He batted .282/.356/.450 with 14 homers over 441 plate appearances with Colorado last season and isn't a bad short-term option in deeper fantasy formats.
Mar 26 - 4:01 PM

Mark Reynolds went 2-for-2 with a two-run double in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Cubs.

Reynolds came through with a two-run double off Wade Davis in the fifth inning. That hit helped to spark a four-run frame for the Rockies. The veteran first baseman found a home with Colorado via a minor league contract at the beginning of February. As Ian Desmond is not expected to return from his hand injury until some time in April, Reynolds could see extended at-bats during the opening weeks of the 2017 season.
Mar 25 - 7:55 PM

German Marquez turned in a quality start against the Cubs in Saturday's Cactus League game, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.

Strong work from Marquez, who finished his afternoon having struck out six. Jason Heyward took him deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning to account for the pair of runs on his line. The 22-year-old holds a 6.00 ERA in five games this spring. While he could still potentially crack the Opening Day rotation, the more likely outcome for Marquez to start the season will be a minor league assignment.
Mar 25 - 7:46 PM

Rockies reassigned RHP Matt Carasiti, LHP Jerry Vasto and C Jan Vazquez to minor league camp.

No huge surprises among the group. Carasiti posted a 1.29 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 6/6 K/BB ratio in seven innings of Cactus League action. He should get a chance in the Rockies bullpen at some point during the 2017 campaign.
Mar 25 - 1:15 PM

A precautionary MRI on Jon Gray's left toe came back without issue on Saturday.

Gray as removed from Friday's start against the Giants due to left foot soreness and follow-up exams have confirmed that there's no real injury to worry about here. He should have no problem making his next start and being ready for the start of the regular season.
Mar 25 - 12:03 PM

Nolan Arenado delivered an RBI double in his return to the Rockies on Friday.

It was his first game back after playing for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic. He mostly struggled during the tournament, but there shouldn’t be any worries going into the season. With Coors Field on his side, he should be off the board by the middle of the first round in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 24 - 7:31 PM

Jon Gray exited his start against the Giants on Friday with left foot soreness.

The Rockies' Root Sports broadcast referred to the injury as "very, very mild," so it looks like the club dodged a bullet here. They were certainly due a break when it comes to injuries. Gray should probably be OK to make his next spring start.
Mar 24 - 5:39 PM

Jon Gray left Friday's start against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

Gray gave up seven consecutive hits and five runs to the Giants in the third inning before being pulled. For what it's worth, it didn't look to be anything arm-related based on how Gray was conversing with the trainer and Rockies manager Bud Black in the dugout. The club should have an update on their ace soon.
Mar 24 - 5:01 PM

Antonio Senzatela endured a rough start in which he coughed up six runs -- four earned -- in 5 1/3 innings during a loss to the Indians on Thursday.

He was tagged for 10 hits, issued a base-on-balls and fanned just two batters. The poor outing comes at an inopportune time for the 22-year-old right-hander. He is in the running for the last spot in the Rockies' rotation. He reached Double-A last year and turned in a 1.82 ERA in 34 2/3 innings before his season was cut short by shoulder woes.
Mar 23 - 7:09 PM

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