2. You missed all the injuries that piled up for the Rockies
The Rockies have been ravaged by injuries before the season has even started.
At the beginning of Spring Training, David Dahl suffered upper back issues that kept him off the field.
The team was optimistic that he would be day-to-day and would return within the week.
However, the news got worse as they found out the back issues were caused by a stress reaction in the sixth rib.
Rockies have said that Dahl will miss Opening Day and most likely the rest of April.
The player that will take his place is Gerardo Parra, who started in left field last season before injuring his ankle.
The second injury that plagued the Rockies was to first baseman Ian Desmond on March 12th.
Desmond was hit by a pitch which struck and broke his left hand. He underwent surgery and will miss some time in April.
Mark Reynolds will replace Desmond as first. Reynolds, a veteran first baseman, was a solid starter for the Rockies last season and should fill in nicely for Desmond.
Two days after Desmond broke his hand, catcher Tom Murphy fractured his right forearm.
Murphy was trying to throw out a stealing baserunner at second, but as he followed through his forearm made contact with Anthony Rizzo‘s bat.
Murphy is predicted to be out four to six weeks. Tony Wolters will be the starter for the Rockies, so when Murphy returns he will most likely be the back-up.
The Injuries that the Rockies have suffered thus far won’t be a great burden, because they have experienced and talented players to back them up.
However, the injury, or should I say discovery, that hurts them the most involves Chad Bettis.
Bettis discovered that his testicular cancer has returned and spread. He is taking baseball off until he has completely rid himself of the cancer.
This most likely means that Bettis will be gone for the rest of the season.
Injuries have been a big story line for the Rockies this Spring Training. Time will only tell if these injuries will have a big impact on their season.