Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black spoke to the media a few minutes ago, including Rox Pile, and he provided an injury update on the Rockies veteran utility man Chris Owings.
Black said that Owings has a tight hamstring but, as of now, it doesn’t look to be a hamstring strain, which Owings suffered in the 2020 season and cost him most of the truncated season.
Black also said that he’s “optimistic” that Owings will avoid the 10-day injured list so, currently, he is listed as day-to-day.
Black said that he will know more on Owings injury after today’s game as Owings is going to receive treatment on it here in the next few hours.
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Owings, 29, was removed during the fifth inning of Thursday’s contest and replaced with Sam Hilliard. Owings had been the Rockies hottest hitter thus far on the season as he has hit .500/.563/1.000 with three RBI. He also leads the NL in triples (2) and he has three doubles. He also already has two walks and two stolen bases as well.
The utilityman has only played in six games but he has already seen play at second base and all three outfield spots to start the season.
For now, the Rockies will likely turn to Garrett Hampson more in the utility role and he has played well to start the season, as well. He is second in the majors in average pitches seen per at-bat with 4.97 and he is leading the NL in stolen bases (3). He is hitting .300/.400/.400 in 25 at-bats.
The Rockies starting rotation was announced for the next series as well
Black also revealed his starting rotation for the start of the team’s first road trip of the season. After today’s game, they will go to San Francisco to take on the Giants in their home opener.
Black said that the Rockies starting rotation will look like this:
- Friday: Austin Gomber
- Saturday: Chi Chi Gonzalez
- Sunday: German Marque
On Monday, the Rockies will have an off-day before taking on the reigning World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series from Tuesday through Thursday.