Here are the latest news and notes on three injury concerns for the Colorado Rockies.
Colorado Rockies infielder Josh Fuentes was scratched from Sunday’s lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers with left wrist soreness. He was originally slated to bat second in the lineup and play third base, but was unable to see if he could continue his strong career numbers against the Dodgers. Fuentes hit his first home run of the season (and sixth of his career) on Saturday. Four of his six home runs and 14 of his 27 career RBI have come against the Dodgers.
Fuentes was replaced at third base by Ryan McMahon, who shifted over from second. Chris Owings, who was in left field, moved to second base and Yonathan Daza was inserted in the lineup to take over for Owings in left.
Meanwhile, Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia was held out of the starting lineup on Sunday after injuring himself in a crash with the left field wall trying to make a catch in Saturday night’s loss. You can see the video of the incident below.
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After the crash, Tapia was taken out of the game and diagnosed with whiplash. However, a concussion was ruled out, Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Black also said that Tapia would be available if needed on Sunday.
Finally, starting pitcher Jon Gray, who was taken out of the game early in the sixth inning on Saturday’s game with what was called “full body cramping,” is not in any danger of missing his next start, scheduled for Thursday afternoon against Arizona at Coors Field, according to Black.
Gray struck out seven in five innings of work against the Dodgers, while scattering just four hits. Black told reporters that Gray’s first outing of 2021 showcased the best mix of four pitches (slider, curve, changeup, and fastball) that Gray has shown in Black’s tenure in the Rockies dugout.