Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on March 2
By Kevin Henry
The second day of March brings us the Colorado Rockies visiting the Kansas City Royals later today as spring training continues. There will be plenty to watch this afternoon in Arizona, but let’s get a jump on the day by looking at these three articles of interest to Rockies fans.
Amarista Gets an A
In case you were wondering why the Rockies signed utility man Alexi Amarista in the offseason, a lot of it had to do with what he could bring to the team as well as his relationship with new Colorado manager Bud Black.
In this article from MLB.com, you’ll get a sense of what Black believes Amarista can bring to the team. Don’t forget, he started Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres in center field as Charlie Blackmon got a day off. It shows that Black is comfortable with Amarista on the dirt or in the grass.
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Where is Holland?
Amarista was one of the offseason signings by the Rockies, but was by no means one of the biggest ones. Most of the attention in the offseason was turned to the inkings of Ian Desmond, Mike Dunn and Greg Holland. Two of those players have taken the field already this spring for the Rockies, but Holland has yet to see the mound as he continues to time his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
In this MLB.com article, Holland talks about the timing of his return as well as his health. Colorado fans are anxious to see Holland on the mound and it sounds like it could be early next week. Selfishly, that timing is perfect as that is when I’ll be at spring training covering the Rockies.
The Battle in Left Field
We highlighted Gerardo Parra versus David Dahl for the starting left field role as one of the battles we expected to see in spring training. You can read that article here.
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