Charlie Blackmon was held out of the Colorado Rockies starting lineup for the second consecutive game on Saturday night with an injured right calf. He also was not in Colorado’s starting lineup on Sunday afternoon.
Blackmon originally injured his calf in the Colorado Rockies‘ series finale loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park.. He fouled a pitch off his calf in the third inning against former Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles and was removed from the game two innings later.
UPDATE: Blackmon has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain. We talked to the All-Star outfielder about the injury and have his thoughts in this article.
Before Saturday’s home game against the Baltimore Orioles, Colorado manager Bud Black gave members of the media, including Rox Pile, and update on Charlie Blackmon‘s condition and said there is no timetable for Blackmon’s return.
"“He’s feeling better than he did yesterday,” Black said. “He went through some activities today in the training room and the weight room that our trainers are encouraged with. No timetable but we’re all encouraged that Charlie is feeling better and his activity level has stepped up.”"
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Black said Blackmon would not be on the field Saturday but could potentially see action in the field before Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles.
The 32-year-old Blackmon is hitting .300 this season with 10 homers and 31 RBI. He was replaced on Friday and Saturday night at the top of the Colorado order by Raimel Tapia.
Blackmon finished Colorado’s recent eight-game road trip through Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh by going 10-for-36 (.278) with six runs scored. He also hit two homers and logged six RBI.
He has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games, which leads the National League. Blackmon has also reached base safely in 29 of his past 30 games since April 16. During that time, he is slashing .341/.400/.705 with 10 doubles, four triples and 10 homers.
Blackmon is tied for fourth in the National League with 28 extra-base hits, including 11 against left-handed hitters. That is the fourth-most in Major League Baseball and the most by a left-handed hitter.
This season, Blackmon has compiled 24 games with an extra-base hit, tying him for the second-most in Major League Baseball.
UPDATE: Black would not commit to whether Blackmon was available for pinch-hitting duties on Sunday. However, Blackmon was seen taking the field in pre-game warm-ups and participated in some activity under the eye of Colorado head trainer Keith Dugger.