Colorado Rockies injury updates: Adam Ottavino and Jake McGee

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 1: Reliever Jake McGee #51 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a pitch during the eighth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Rockies won the game 6-3. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 1: Reliever Jake McGee #51 of the Colorado Rockies delivers a pitch during the eighth inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Rockies won the game 6-3. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Prior to the Colorado Rockies taking the field for the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field, Colorado manager Bud Black took the time to update Rox Pile and other media members on the conditions of two of his most critical options out of the bullpen.

Jake McGee has been absent from the Colorado bullpen for the last two evenings while the Rockies bullpen has imploded in consecutive losses to the Dodgers. McGee last pitched on May 30 at Coors Field against the San Francisco Giants and suffered a shin contusion that night. According to Black, it has affected McGee being able to push off correctly on the mound and kept him as a non-option for the Rockies since that outing.

However, Black believes that McGee will be available for Sunday’s game against the Dodgers.

"“Jake should be available today,” Black said. “He should be good to go. If you don’t see him today, you know he was unavailable with the day off tomorrow (Monday). As of now (a couple of hours before game time), he’s getting treatment. He’s in the training room. He’s going through some paces in there, getting ready to play. We’re thinking he should be ready.”"

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McGee is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA this season and opponents are hitting .260 against him. He has surrendered 20 hits in 20 innings pitched, including giving up a pair of hits and allowing a run in his last outing against the Giants.

Also, Black told Rox Pile and other media members inside the Rockies dugout on Sunday that Adam Ottavino is expected to begin throwing when Colorado arrives in Cincinnati for a three-game series against the Reds, beginning on Tuesday.

"“He’s progressing,” Black said. “He’s doing better. I suspect in Cincinnati we will get him on the field playing catch. Conceivably, we’ll get him on a mound. He’s feeling much, much better.”"

That is good news for a Rockies bullpen that desperately needs some good news at the moment. Ottavino put together a 3-0 mark and 0.95 ERA while striking out 45 batters in 28.1 innings before being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain on May 28.

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In his last 7.1 innings pitched, Ottavino has allowed just two hits while striking out nine batters, a taste of the dominance he has displayed while putting together an All-Star-caliber season to this point.

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