Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black has provided updates on two players currently on the injured list.
Here is the latest injury news on Colorado Rockies pitcher Yency Almonte and infielder Brendan Rodgers.
Let’s start with Almonte, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 29 with a right hand contusion. Black said that Almonte is with the club as it finishes its road trip in Arizona and is able to play catch.
"“The hand is a little sore, but not bad,” Black told reporters, including Rox Pile, on Friday."
Black also mentioned that, while Almonte is on the injured list, he’ll be working on some of his mechanics. In consecutive appearances totaling two-thirds of an inning, Almonte has given up five runs on four hits, and struck out just one while walking three.
For the season, Almonte’s WHIP stands at 2.308.
"“When his time’s up, we’re going to make a decision on whether to bring him back or whether he needs a few more days to work on a couple of things mechanically,” Black offered."
Meanwhile, Rodgers continues to show improvement from a hamstring injury from a hamstring injury suffered in a March 13 spring training game. Initially, it was said that Rodgers would miss more than a month, and the timing of Rodgers’ return is still in limbo.
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However, there are continued signs of improvement, including what Black and Colorado’s medical team has seen during the current road trip.
"“He ran from first to home, pretty much right down the line,” Black said. “He did a number of those with pretty good intensity. He came out of that fine, that hard burst to first base out of the batter’s box.”"
While the hard burst is a positive sign, there is still work to be done before Rodgers can rejoin the team on an active basis.
"“He’s going to run again today (Friday), so back-to-back days running. The intensity effort is picking up,” Black said. “I wouldn’t quite say it’s a game-condition-type effort, but the effort level is pretty high, so that’s encouraging.”"