The Colorado Rockies have plenty of injury updates and news on the possibility of playing on Wednesday at Chase Field in Arizona.
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black recently spoke with the media, including Rox Pile, and he provided some injury updates on a few different players.
David Dahl had seven at-bats in a simulated game today and Black said that he is close to returning to the team. He’s on the 10-day injured list with lower back soreness and he last saw game action on August 17 in Houston.
Rockies starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez is also close to returning from the IL as well. He made his only appearance on the season on August 3. He was removed after three innings due to tendinitis in his right bicep.
Rockies closer Wade Davis is on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder sprain. He last pitched in a game on July 31. Black said he threw a bullpen today but he seems to still be further away from returning than Dahl and Gonzalez.
Black also gave an update on Ben Bowden, who has been at the Rockies alternate training site. The Rockies were hoping that Bowden would be able to contribute to the bullpen in the 2020 season. However, in spring training, he suffered from a back injury. During the recovery from that, Black said that Bowden suffered from another injury. His work at the alternate training site has been spotty so, therefore, he does not expect that Bowden will appear in the major leagues this year.
Bowden is the Rockies #13 prospect, according to MLB.com.
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The status of Wednesday’s game
The status of Wednesday’s game is up in the air, depending on whether the D’Backs and Rockies players decide to boycott the game due to the Jacob Blake protests in Wisconsin. The Brewers and Reds have already postponed their game on Wednesday and the NBA has postponed their three playoff games that were supposed to be played on Wednesday.
Bud Black was asked about the situation just a little bit ago.
“There’s no doubt right now things are so super-charged with tension that it’s carrying over into sports,” said Black. “Those of us in sports, across leagues, are thinking about this and thinking about how we can make a difference.”
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story also said that he is “pretty positive” that they will have a team meeting before the game on whether or not they will play tonight. He said that “[i]t’s a possibility” that they will not play tonight.
We will provide updates to this article when we hear more on the situation at Chase Field.
UPDATE (5:20 p.m. Mountain time): Matt Kemp, who was in the starting lineup, hitting fifth and DH’ing, has decided that he will not play in tonight’s game. He posted the news on Twitter and Instagram.
SECOND UPDATE (6:20 p.m. Mountain time): Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports on Twitter that the Rockies did not take batting practice but the game is still slated to be played, as of now.
THIRD UPDATE (6:35 p.m Mountain time): John Gambodoro of 98.7 FM Phoenix (the D’Backs flagship radio station) reports on Twitter that the game will be played.
FOURTH UPDATE (6:55 p.m Mountain): Raimel Tapia is also scratched from the lineup due to a right elbow contusion.
FIFTH UPDATE (7:00 p.m. Mountain): Saunders reports that the Rockies did not have a team meeting but they support Kemp’s decision to sit out.