Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black provided some updates on some of their injured players when he spoke with the media via Zoom this afternoon.
Yesterday, first baseman C.J. Cron was placed on the 10-day injured list but the move was retroactive to May 7 so technically, Tuesday is his 5th day on the IL.
Tonight’s starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela was activated off the 10-day IL today in the corresponding move.
However, Black said, in regards to Cron, that they are “cautiously optimistic” that Cron will be able to come off the IL when the 10 days are up but it will be “really close.”
Either way, it looks like he will be able to be back next week, at the latest, which is a good sign considering how hot he has been at the plate for the Rockies. He has hit 359/.446/.625 with five home runs, 14 RBI, and nine walks in his last 20 games.
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Updates on Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland and infielder Brendan Rodgers
Bud Black also gave updates on Rockies starting pitcher and infielder Brendan Rodgers this afternoon as well.
Both of them had simualted games with the Rockies last week and before the team went to St. Louis, the Rockies sent the duo to Scottsdale to participate in extended Spring Training games this weekend.
Black said that both played well and were healthy. Freeland pitched four innings in a game and Rodgers had “a number of at-bats and is feeling great.”
Rodgers will go out on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque “relatively quick” and Freeland will pitch for Albuquerque when they are in El Paso (the Padres Triple-A team) this Saturday.
Considering that Freeland and Rodgers haven’t faced opponents (outside of extended spring training), they may have to have a few games pitched (for Freeland) and a handful of games played (for Rodgers) to return but it sounds like things are going well for them and, if all goes well, they should be back in the Rockies clubhouse and off the IL very soon.