The Colorado Rockies roughed up Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants last night, a satisfying win in any context. The injury news starts to pile up, but the dread that follows is dulled by the fact that team is out of the race anyway and so will not be hurt by some extra time for its younger players. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies:
Betancourt had an MRI taken earlier Monday and many expected the worst — a tear in the 38-year-old’s pitching elbow. Betancourt said he will try platelet-rich plasma treatment in a last-hope attempt to avoid surgery, but the chances of that working are not high…
…Betancourt said he should have a better idea of whether the PRP treatment will work in two or three weeks, and he does not plan to undergo surgery if it doesn’t work. Even if successful, the Rockies closer will miss the rest of this season and, at best, would try to make it back by next season’s Spring Training.
I also like (Corey) Dickerson. As you put it, he “seems to get it.” But I think it’s imperative that the Rockies make a bold move. Simply promoting Dickerson to right field and moving Cuddyer to first is not bold. Owner Dick Monfort is on the record saying he would like the club to get a power right-handed bat during the offseason. Dickerson hits left-handed, so he’s not quite the right fit.
“And keep in mind that Dickerson is likely to go through a lot of ups and downs as he begins his big-league career. That’s already evident by his .327 on-base percentage and the fact that he’s stuck out 26 times and walked just nine times.
“As a fielder, Dickerson remains a work in progress. He’s getting better, and the playing time he’s getting with CarGo on the DL is invaluable. However, he lacks the power the Rockies need from a right fielder. I would project him as the fourth outfielder next season.”
No, Harvey getting shut down and likely needing surgery doesn’t appear to be a matter of the Mets abusing Harvey or some awful mechanical flaw. It’s just a matter of pitching living to break your heart. Maybe someday there will be a viable theory that predicts and can help prevent elbow injuries in pitchers, but for now it just feels like chaos and sadness. A chaos and a sadness that seems to have visited Mets pitching prospects in disproportionate fashion over the years.