During his media session on Saturday morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black provided updates on some of his injured players and pitchers.
Updates on David Dahl and Chris Rusin
Bud Black gave short updates on his Dahl, who is battling a back injury, and Rusin, who left Friday’s game with an injury to his side.
“Chris is a little sore as expected but he feels as though, how he felt, he’s had this before in the past. He feels as though, to use a medical team, it’s a mild strain of the oblique,” Black said. “David feels better every day in natural movements but it’s still sore. We’ll continue to monitor that and let time take its course.”
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Updates on free agent acquisition Greg Holland, who has yet to appear in a Cactus League game while timing his continued recovery from Tommy John surgery.
“He threw a side session yesterday and I think the simulated game is tomorrow (Sunday),” Black said. “These (simulated games) are high-intensity outings. They’re just not against another Major League team. He’s facing hitters and we’re putting the radar gun behind him and we’re watching him. He’s turning it loose.”
An update on starting pitcher Chad Bettis, who battled testicular cancer in the offseason and has been declared healthy and cancer-free for the start of the season.
“Chad Bettis will go tomorrow (Sunday) in his first Cactus League outing. He will not be on any different pitch count,” Black said. “He’s pitched a couple of times to hitters and he’s gotten his pitch count up. He’ll be right there at two innings and, at the high end, 40 (pitches).
“He looks good. Working hard on fastball command, which I think is a big part of his game. Throwing the ball glove side, down and away to the right-handed hitter and into the lefty. He’s doing fine.”