After missing the entire weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies and Charlie Blackmon decided that the All-Star outfielder would need some additional time to heal his injured calf.
On Monday morning, before the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks kicked off a big four-game National League West matchup, Charlie Blackmon was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right calf strain. Yonathan Daza was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his place on the active roster.
In another move, Noel Cuevas was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after suffering a left quad strain in his 2019 Rockies debut. He was optioned to Triple-A.
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Blackmon first suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his calf in the series finale in Pittsburgh on Thursday in the third inning. He was pulled from the game two innings later.
Speaking to Rox Pile and other reporters in the Colorado clubhouse, Blackmon said the calf didn’t respond to treatment and activity as he had hoped over the weekend.
"“It was sore. It had been progressing and it still is,” Blackmon said. “I thought I was going to be able to bounce back a little faster. But when I got out there to move around the other day, it just didn’t quite feel like it was strong enough to push off at game speed. We thought it might be best to give it a few more days.”"
Blackmon believes that this is not a long-term injury and that the time on the injured list will be enough to get him back to the active roster.
"“It’s been getting better every day,” he said. “It feels better today than yesterday and the day before. I thought that would translate a little better out there with my agility work that I was doing but it’s just not quite there yet.”"
The 32-year-old Blackmon is hitting .300 this season with 10 home runs and 31 RBI. The move to the IL will be retroactive to Friday, meaning Blackmon can potentially return to the Colorado lineup when the Rockies meet the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, June 4.