Player News - Rockies

Date: Team: Pos:

Wilin Rosario will get some work at first base in the Rockies' intrasquad game on Tuesday.

The Rockies intend to use Rosario less behind the plate in 2015. They'll get him into the lineup by putting him at first base or in the outfield. Rosario has 25-homer potential and the less-taxing work at his new positions may help him rack up the counting stats during the year.
Mar 3 - 9:29 AM

Troy Tulowitzki (hip) began base-running work Monday.

He is easing into action this spring after undergoing season-ending hip surgery last August. Tulowitzki should be ready for Opening Day and remains a first-round fantasy guy because of his immense level of production when healthy. He hit .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in 91 games last season.
Mar 2 - 12:28 PM

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) ran the bases in Rockies camp Monday for the first time this spring.

Troy Tulowitzki did the same. Gonzalez is recovering from August surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee, and Tulo is on his way back from a hip procedure. Both players are expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
Mar 2 - 12:25 PM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss announced Sunday that Jordan Lyles will start Wednesday's Cactus League opener against the Diamondbacks.

The 24-year-old is locked into the Rockies rotation after posting a 4.33 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 90/46 K/BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings a season ago. Jhoulys Chacin will follow and pitch on Thursday, with Kyle Kendrick taking on the Angels on Friday and Jorge De La Rosa battling the Cubs on Saturday.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 1 - 7:41 PM

Rockies placed RHP Tyler Chatwood on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for John Axford. Chatwood will miss the majority of the 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Mar 1 - 11:41 AM

Rockies purchased the contract of RHP John Axford from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Axford was fully expected to make the Opening Day roster after signing a minor league deal last month, and now it's official. The veteran reliever posted a 3.95 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last season between the Indians and Pirates. He could be an option for saves should LaTroy Hawkins slip up.
Mar 1 - 11:40 AM

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.

CarGo is recovering from surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee last August. The outfielder won't be in the lineup when Cactus League games begin on Wednesday, but he doesn't appear to be too far away from game action. Assuming things go well, Gonzalez will be in the Rockies' lineup on Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 6:31 PM

Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will run the bases next week.

Tulo is recovering from surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum, and the Rockies are taking it slow with their superstar as he returns to action. Tulowitzki has already been taking infield practice this spring, another good sign. Assuming his progress continues, Tulo should be ready to roll for Opening Day.
Feb 28 - 6:29 PM

Wilin Rosario lost his arbitration case against the Rockies and will make $2.8 million in 2015.

Rosario requested $3.3 million when figures were exchanged last month, but the three-person panel of arbitrators ultimately ruled in the Rockies' favor. The 25-year-old didn't have the best case after regressing to the tune of a .267/.305/.435 batting line last season while continuing to be a liability behind the plate. While he's not completely done catching, the Rockies plan to give him more time at other positions this year.
Feb 18 - 3:05 PM

The Rockies and Wilin Rosario should learn the decision of their arbitration hearing on Wednesday.

Rosario requested a $3.3 million for 2015 and was offered $2.8 million from the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and were unable to reach an agreement before a hearing. The three-person panel of arbitrators will pick one salary or the other.
Feb 18 - 11:39 AM

Rex Brothers has dropped 10-12 pounds since last year.

Brothers did it by cut out some weight-lifting and focusing more on agility and movement exercises. The 27-year-old aims to bounce back this season after posting an ugly 5.59 ERA over 56 1/3 innings in 2014.
Feb 17 - 1:02 PM

Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reports that Jared Wells has workouts scheduled with two teams over the next two weeks.

Wells, 33, has spent the last two years independent ball, posting a 3.97 ERA and 114/70 K/BB ratio over 104 1/3 innings. He last appeared in the majors in 2008 and would obviously only require a minor league deal.
Feb 13 - 2:33 PM

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Monday that he believes Wilin Rosario "will be very functional" at first base.

Rosario has been working out at both first base and the corner outfield spots this winter. Although the Rockies say they're not completely giving up on him as a catcher, he could wind up receiving more at-bats at other positions. Rosario saw his home run total drop to 13 last season.
Feb 9 - 8:48 PM

Rockies signed OF Jeremy Barfield to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Athletics organization, where he transitioned from the outfield to the mound primarily in 2014. A career .261/.332/.399 minor league hitter, he'll shift back to the outfield with the Rockies where he'll provide organizational depth.
Feb 6 - 9:45 PM

Rockies signed INF/OF Josh Vitters to a minor league deal.

The former top prospect has really fallen from grace in recent years and hit a disappointing .213/.268/.339 with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 112 games at Triple-A Iowa in 2014 while striking out 107 times in 375 at-bats. Still just 25-years-old, it's a nice low-risk signing for the Rockies.
Feb 6 - 9:34 PM


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