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A precautionary MRI on Jon Gray's 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

Antonio Senzatela is in the running for the final spot in the Rockies' rotation.

His path really opened up Thursday when the Rockies optioned Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque. Senzatela has never pitched above Double-A ball, and he's logged only seven appearances there, but the 22-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.45 career minor league ERA and he's ripped off a 15/1 K/BB ratio in 15 innings this spring in Cactus League play.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 23 - 3:46 PM

Rockies optioned RHP Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hoffman had a shot at claiming the final spot in the Rockies' rotation this spring, but he simply didn't pitch well enough. The 24-year-old right-hander should be brought up for good at some point this summer and could take on deep-league fantasy value. He was recently ranked a top-40 prospect by Baseball America. Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela remain in the running for starting jobs in Colorado.
Mar 23 - 2:16 PM

Charlie Blackmon bopped his third home run of the spring Wednesday in the Rockies’ Cactus League win over the Indians.

Blackmon’s two-run jack off Danny Salazar in the second was his only hit of the afternoon. He’s had a torrid spring, hitting .415 with nine RBI across 41 at-bats. Blackmon set career-highs in home runs (29), RBI (82) and batting average (.324) last season and has promised to steal more bases this year. In mixed leagues, he’s a consensus second-round pick.
Mar 22 - 8:20 PM

Kyle Freeland was on the money Wednesday in the Rockies’ Cactus League win over the Indians, yielding just four hits and one run over five terrific innings.

He tacked on five strikeouts and one walk. The left-hander had a slight hiccup in the second inning but mostly held his own against one of the league’s better lineups. His strikeout victims included Lonnie Chisenhall, Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes, Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana. Through five outings (three starts), Freeland’s Cactus League ERA sits at a stellar 2.25. After showing what he can do against big-league hitters this spring, the 23-year-old shouldn’t be in the minors much longer.
Mar 22 - 8:19 PM

Alexi Amarista told the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders that he was fine after being plunked above the left elbow in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

Amarista was lifted from Wednesday's contest after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch. He was checked out in the clubhouse sans issue. The Rockies could opt to give him a day or two off from spring work if they feel that he needs a little extra rest, but as matters currently stand, he looks like he will be fine moving forward.
Mar 22 - 6:22 PM

Alexi Amarista exited Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch on the left wrist/forearm.

Per the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders, after leaving the game, Amarista was walking around the dugout and did not seem to be in pain. This would appear to indicate that there is no major injury at play, here. The Rockies figure to clarify his status one way or another in the coming hours. Amarista signed with the club on a one-year, $1.25 million contract in mid-January.
Mar 22 - 6:10 PM

Chris Rusin (oblique) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Rusin threw about 25 pitches in his first bullpen session since suffering an oblique strain at the start of the month. It's unclear when he'll be ready for game action, but he's getting closer.
Mar 22 - 1:40 PM

Rayan Gonzalez will require season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

Gonzalez will be in rehab mode for the entire 2017 season and might also require a late start on the 2018 season. The 26-year-old reliever posted a 3.12 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 52 innings last season at Double-A Hartford.
Mar 22 - 1:38 PM

Jairo Diaz (elbow) was charged with five runs over two-thirds of an inning in his Cactus League debut on Monday against the Cubs.

It was his first appearance since Tommy John surgery. Diaz retired the first two batters he faced before things quickly went south. While the results weren't great, Owen Perkins of MLB.com notes that he reached 98.8 mph with his fastball. The original expectation was that he would be ready in May, but it appears that he's ahead of schedule.
Mar 21 - 10:30 AM

German Marquez allowed two hits over five scoreless innings in a B-game start against Giants' minor leaguers on Monday.

Marquez struck out six and walked a pair. He didn't allow a hit through the first four innings. The 22-year-old has struggled in his recent Cactus League outings, but a start like this improves his case to leave spring training with a rotation spot.
Mar 21 - 10:20 AM


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