Monday is the day that teams must determine their 40-man rosters after players enter free agency, the day when team’s must decide whether or not to tender a qualifying offer for players, and the day that most players have to decide whether or not they want to opt out of their contract.
For the Colorado Rockies, though, they do not have to do most of that. However, the Rockies still did make three roster moves today.
They have reinstated starting pitcher Jon Gray, their closer Scott Oberg, and infielder Brendan Rodgers off of the 60-day injured list. As a result, each of them will once again claim a 40-man roster spot for the team. However, the Rockies 40-man roster only has 37 players on it.
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Gray, who will turn 28 years of age on Tuesday, was placed on the 60-day injured list on August 21 as his season was finished due to a fractured left foot. He initially suffered an ankle/foot injury on August 8 on a play in San Diego but it didn’t seem like it was a big deal since Gray, when he talked to the media that night, was joking about it as he said that it helped him pitch better that night.
However, in an exclusive conversation with Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry about a week after he was placed on the injured list, Gray said that he later felt like his foot was in a similar condition to 2017. In 2017, he spent more than two months on the IL due to a stress fracture in his left foot.
Oberg, 29, was placed on the 10-day injured list (and the following day, the 60-day IL) after suffering from axillary artery thrombosis in his right arm, which is also known as a blood clot, shortly after Gray’s season was finished. Oberg has suffered from the same blood clot issues in 2016, as both this season and in 2016, he had a procedure done to rid of the blood clots by the same St. Louis doctor.
Rodgers, 23, was placed on the injured list all the way back in July as his season was finished due to a torn right labrum. Originally, he was placed on the 10-day IL due to a shoulder impingement.
Hopefully, with the offseason, all three of them will be able to be a big contribution to the 2020 Rockies.