On the next tier of “guys the Rockies cannot afford to lose” would be third baseman Nolan Arenado, catcher Wilin Rosario, and right fielder/clubhouse leader extraordinaire Michael Cuddyer (not to mention any decent starting pitcher).
The Rockies received good news, then, when they learned that Arenado would not be forced to miss extended time after a pitch hit him on the hand this weekend. From MLB.com:
X-rays confirmed that there was no break. Arenado’s status is officially day to day…”
With a week until Opening Day, that should hopefully be enough time for Arenado to be good to go for game one as he tries to build on his solid rookie season. He certainly looked ready to go as he returned to action Monday and promptly hit a two-run home run. In particular the Rockies would love to see him break out offensively in 2014 and show some of the pop that made him such an intriguing prospect in the first place.