Rockies will be able to use expanded roster for suspended game against Giants


Life was so much simpler back when the Rockies had their May 22nd game against the San Francisco Giants suspended until September.

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With that game tied 2-2, the Rockies were not yet horrible, Troy Tulowitzki was healthy and had not attended a Yankees’ game on his own time, names had not yet been spelled wrong on promotional items, and team owner Dick Monfort had not yet snapped at fans via email.

Truly, those were simpler times. Now things are more depressing and more complicated. Of particular note is the fact that the Rockies have a bunch of guys who were in the lineup at the time the game was suspended who now aren’t available due to injury.

Thankfully, manager Walt Weiss will have the benefit of expanded September rosters to navigate the situation. Adam Lichtenstein of explains:

"The game was suspended with a Rockies runner on first. The runner, Michael Cuddyer, is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, so he will have to be pinch-run for when play resumes.Two more players, Wilin Rosario and Troy Tulowitzki, will also have to be removed due to injuries. Luckily for the Rockies, they’ll have some reinforcements, as they will be allowed to use their expanded 40-man rosters when the game resumes.“That’s a question I had,” manager Walt Weiss said. “I wasn’t sure if we had to stay with the same roster that we had that day the game was suspended. But fortunately, we’re going to be able to use the September callups because if we didn’t I don’t think we’d have a bench for the game because of all the substitutions we have to make.”"

It only makes sense this way. The two teams need to finish the game, of course, especially given its meaning in the standings for the Giants as they try to run down the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the National League West. In that sense, this game needs to be legit and not gimmicky, but not at the expense of common sense.