Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black updated the media, including Rox Pile, with a slew of injury updates before Sunday’s series finale with the St. Louis Cardinals.
One of them was regarding first baseman C.J. Cron, which we had an update earlier and we have since updated that.
Among the other moves, though, are that the Rockies activated Yency Almonte (hand contusion) off the 10-day injured list. In a corresponding move, the Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Justin Lawrence back to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Freeland and infielder Brendan Rodgers both were sent to Arizona to extended spring training. Freeland will pitch around four innings on Tuesday or Wednesday and Rodgers will be playing in a few games. If all goes well, the Rockies will send both of them on rehab assignments in the minor leagues.
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Black also gave an update on Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez
Black said that reliever Carlos Estevez is also recovering well and the Rockies are hoping that he can resume throwing in few days.
But since he still isn’t throwing, Estevez is still “a way’s away” from returning, so he will take longer than the minimum ten days required for the IL.
Additionally, the Rockies will be making another roster move on Monday when they activate right-handed starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela (groin) off the injured list to start the first game of the homestand against the San Diego Padres.
Since Senzatela is a pitcher, the Rockies would likely option a pitcher (and not a position player) down to the minors.
Senzatela has not seen the results he would like to start the 2021 campaign as, in six starts, he is averaging less than five innings per start with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
The game against San Diego will be the first of a seven-game homestand as the Rockies will take on the Padres and the Reds before going on the road to face the Padres and their next off-day after that series