Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado could be available on Monday
By Kevin Henry
After a scare on Sunday afternoon in Miami, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado could potentially be available to the Rockies when they begin a four-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field.
Arenado was hit in the left hand between the wrist and the pinkie by Miami starting pitcher Vance Worley in the top of the fifth inning during Colorado’s 5-3 loss to the Marlins. The loss capped a sweep suffered by the Rockies in south Florida.
On Sunday in the postgame locker room, Arenado had the hand heavily bandaged but said he did not think a trip to the disabled list was needed. On Monday, the news was even more encouraging as Arenado met with members of the media in the Rockies locker room and said doctors told him the hand wasn’t going to get any worse and even proclaimed it was “no big deal.”
Colorado manager Bud Black told Rox Pile and other media members inside the Rockies dugout on Monday afternoon that Arenado could be available for Colorado if certain situations arose.
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"“He’s encouraged,” Black said of Arenado. “He came in earlier today and we talked a little bit. There’s a possibility if things go right for the rest of the afternoon and he gets a little treatment in the early portion of the game. That’s a good thing. This turned out to be a little bit of a break for us. Could’ve been a lot worse like a lot of injuries but we’re very happy about the outcome of this one.”"
Arenado is currently hitting .311 with 26 home runs and 100 RBI. His average, OBP (.361) and OPS (.946) are all sitting above his current average. This marks the third consecutive season that Arenado has 100 or more RBI, tying a National League mark last set by Pittsburgh’s Willie Stargell from 1971-1973.
Watch Arenado at the moment he was hit by the pitch below.
The Rockies entered Monday’s action tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the National League Wild Card slot with the St. Louis Cardinals sitting 4.5 games back.