Before the Colorado Rockies met the Cleveland Indians at the start of a two-game series at Coors Field on Tuesday night, Rockies manager Bud Black met with the media. Included in the discussion were updates on injuries Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino, catcher Tom Murphy and outfielder David Dahl.
Ottavino was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 30 with right shoulder inflammation. He last saw action on May 29 and walked two batters in just one-third of an inning against the Seattle Mariners. He has walked 15 in 21 innings this season but has been able to work out of the self-induced jams, keeping his ERA at 2.57.
"“He’s doing great. He’s going to throw a good bullpen tomorrow,” Black said. “He’s eligible to come off the disabled list on the 9th and we’ll see about that possibility. But he’s doing great. The arm feels as good as it’s felt since spring training. He’s in a really good spot.”"
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Murphy, meanwhile, continues to rehab at Triple-A Albuquerque from a fractured forearm he suffered in spring training. He has yet to see action for the Rockies this season but Black said he is feeling good in the action he has seen with the Isotopes.
In his first two rehab games, Murphy went 0-for-6 with two strikeouts.
"“Murph is going to catch again tonight (Tuesday),” Black said. “All is good with Murph. He’s progressing. The arm feels good. He’s caught well according to Glenallen (Hill, Albuquerque manager) and Mark Brewer (Albuquerque pitching coach). He had a ton of at-bats in Arizona (at Colorado’s spring training facility) and he’s had six at-bats in Albuquerque. He’s going to need games just to get back into baseball. Timing and catching and all of that.”"
The news, however, was not as good for Dahl, who has yet to step on the field for the Rockies this season. The rib injury he suffered in spring training simply isn’t healing as was hoped or expected, Black said.
"“He’s making progress but it’s slow. It’s real slow,” Black said. “It’s just not healing like we had hoped. This is one of those things when the body tells you what you can do. He’s still in some discomfort and has some soreness when he makes certain movements.”"