Charlie Blackmon, the versatile and imminently likable outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, has run into injury trouble once again. Unfortunately for Blackmon and the Rockies, he has quite literally run into it, once again felled by an injury while running the bases. This time it is a cut suffered on his knee while sliding. The cut has since become infected and will keep Blackmon out for more time as March 2013 winds down.
The coaches love Eric Young Jr. As such, Blackmon likely had a tough road ahead of him to crack the Major League roster to start the season. His ability to play all three outfield spots and the lineup versatility he would have provided Walt Weiss were the arguments in this favor. Even with those qualities, it was going to be difficult to beat out the exciting possibilities EY2 brings with his unbelievable speed at the top of the lineup. This news all but ensures that Blackmon will start the season as a member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Before getting hurt Blackmon had played well in Cactus League play. He went 4-for-7 at the plate with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 stolen bases.
He will not be on the opening day roster, but Blackmon will still almost certainly see significant time with the Rockies this season. Between the outfielders presumed to make the team and Todd Helton playing sparingly at first base, pieces will be shuffled constantly. Eric Young Jr., Michael Cuddyer, and Tyler Colvin will all shuffle into spot starts in the infield at various points this season. That combined with inevitable injuries mean Blackmon will have a chance to contribute.
For now it looks like his spring has once again been derailed by injury, but you better believe that has not impacted his performance on Twitter. Seriously, follow this man and tell your friends.
Why aren’t more people named Rico? Rico is definitely an underutilized name.
— ChuckNazty (@Chuck_Nazty) March 8, 2013