The Colorado Rockies have seemingly had more than their fair share of injury issues this season. On Sunday, one of their young outfielders was out of the lineup with what is hoped to be a short-term ailment.
According to a tweet from Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia did not start Sunday’s road series finale with the St. Louis Cardinals because of what he described as “a hand issue.” Harding was unable to talk more with Tapia about the injury before the contest so the severity of it is not known at this time. However, we do know that Tapia was not in Sunday’s starting lineup.
Colorado has dealt with plenty of injuries this season, including the announcement earlier on Sunday that pitcher Chad Bettis would be out for the season as he is scheduled to undergo bilateral hip surgery. Bettis becomes the sixth Rockies player (and fifth pitcher) to have his season ended early by injuries.
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The 25-year-old Tapia has received a good amount of playing time in recent weeks as outfielder David Dahl was placed on the 10-day injured list with a high ankle sprain suffered in a game in early August. Tapia has responded well, hitting .365 over his last 15 games.
Entering Sunday, Tapia had seen action in as many games this season (117) as he had in the three previous seasons combined. He has, naturally, responded with career highs in almost every offensive category, including 164 total bases.
Additionally, Tapia has provided a spark several times for the Rockies this season with his blazing speed, including an inside-the-park home run in April at Coors Field against the Philadelphia Phillies. See the highlight video below.
Tapia also has had some solid defensive plays, including what we asked Rockies fan to rate as the possible catch of the year recently against the Miami Marlins.
We will provide updates on Tapia’s condition below in this article as soon as they become available.
Update on Monday from Coors Field: Tapia was testing his left hand in the batting cage and other activities prior to the game. Colorado manager Bud Black told Rox Pile and other media members that Tapia was dealing with a “really bad bone bruise.” An injured list stint is possible. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear. Black said it was “concerning where it is.”