The Colorado Rockies coaching staff provided some updates on the health of three players on Thursday.
The Colorado Rockies placed outfielder Charlie Blackmon on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday in a rather quiet fashion. Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black was just asked about the move when he spoke with the media this morning, including Rox Pile, and when asked, Black explained why the move was done quietly: it was more procedural than anything.
Blackmon will still be eligible to play on Opening Day and both Blackmon and the Rockies plan on having him be ready for it next Friday.
Blackmon, 34, started Summer Camp on the COVID-19 injured list as it was leaked that he had the virus a few weeks ago. Commissioner Rob Manfred gave him the go-ahead to return on Monday and on his first day back at Coors Field, Blackmon spoke to the media, including Rox Pile, about his case.
Blackmon said that he is “lucky” that it didn’t affect him that badly. He added that he was to explain this experience in terms of the setbacks that he has had in my life, he said that it was “a minor, minor glitch, a minor speed bump.”
"“It’s not something that is going to throw me off,” said Blackmon. “It’s not something that I was scared of or that I’ll be scared of for any of the guys in this locker room.”"
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Blackmon said his COVID-19 symptoms could be compared to a mild case of the flu.
"“I had a headache. That was the most prominent thing,” Blackmon said. “I had a bit of a cough. And then I had some body aches. I just felt sick, but it only lasted for about 36 hours.”"
While he was recovering, Blackmon said that he had ultrasounds and x-rays on his lungs and heart to make sure that he did not have lingering effects of the virus remaining. He also said that he wasn’t sure how he came in contact with the virus and it’s something that may never be determined.
A few other Rockies, including pitchers Phillip Diehl and Ryan Castellani, also tested positive for the virus before the start of Summer Training.
David Dahl has missed the Rockies last two intrasquad games and on Thursday, Rockies manager Bud Black revealed that it was due to “core soreness” that Dahl suffered recently. However, it was described as a minor issue and more of a precaution.
They are planning on having him play in the Rockies intrasquad game tomorrow to see how he is. He should still be ready for Opening Day.
Scott Oberg has not seen any intrasquad action yet as he has not been in Denver until just recently. When he flew into Denver, according to Rockies bullpen coach Darryl Scott on Thursday, Oberg “stiffened up” so the Rockies have held him back some as a precaution.
He has resumed throwing in bullpen sessions, though, and the plan is that he will have one again today.