The Colorado Rockies continue to be hammered with injuries. The struggling team was dealt two more on Monday afternoon.
Prior to opening a seven-game homestand, outfielder Raimel Tapia (left hand contusion) and starting pitcher German Marquez (right arm inflammation) were placed on the 10-day injured list by the Colorado Rockies on Monday afternoon.
We first heard of Tapia’s injury over the weekend in St. Louis and were told by Colorado manager Bud Black in Monday’s media scrum that the injury was “concerning.” Tapia tested the hand in pregame workouts, including time in the batting cage, before he and the Rockies decided that he would not be able to play.
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Tapia last saw action for the Rockies on Friday in St. Louis. Part of an outfield rotation, Tapia has shined in recent games. Tapia has posted a .365 average over his last 15 games, with increasing playing time thanks in part to his hot bat and an injury suffered by fellow outfielder David Dahl in early August.
With Tapia out, the Rockies entered Monday with Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon, Yonathan Daza and Garrett Hampson available in the outfield. Colorado will likely have outfield reinforcements coming when roster expansion happens on September 1, including hot hitting prospect Sam Hilliard.
Marquez, meanwhile, is 12-5 this season with a 4.76 ERA. While opponents are hitting .317 against him at home, Marquez has been solid on the road, holding foes to a .209 average while going 7-3 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts.
The 24-year-old right-hander has not posted an ERA lower then 5.00 in a month since he went 3-0 with a 4.12 ERA in May.
He and Kyle Freeland entered Monday as the only two starters left on the active roster from Colorado’s Opening Week five-man rotation. Both, however, are currently on the injured list while Tyler Anderson, Chad Bettis and Jon Gray have all suffered season-ending injuries.
Marquez is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday when the Boston Red Sox open a two-game series at Coors Field. We will keep you updated on what moves are made in regards to that.
In corresponding moves, the Rockies called up left-handed reliever Phillip Diehl and right-handed reliever Joe Harvey from Triple-A. This marks Harvey’s first time on the Colorado roster after being acquired in a July 31 trade with the New York Yankees.