Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black provided more injury updates (after he provided an update on a slew of them on Monday, including an update on Scott Oberg) for a pair of his players that are currently on the injured list and they are going in different directions.
Infielder Brendan Rodgers is on his way back from a strained hamstring that he suffered in the second half of Spring Training. He has faced some of the Rockies pitchers in bullpens and simulated games as well as games in extended Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona.
He was sent out on a rehab assignment and he is slated to play for the Isotopes as they face El Paso (Triple-A Padres) in the series finale of their six-game series with them on Tuesday night.
It will be his fourth game played with Albuquerque and Black thinks that Rodgers is “really close,” to returning to the Rockies.
"“This will be his fourth game (at) Triple-A (and he has played) two seven (inning games), I believe, and then (he) played nine last night (and he’ll play nine again tonight so he’s getting close. I talked to (Triple-A manager Warren Schaeffer) 20 minutes ago and (Schaeffer) relayed that he feels as though he’s really close to being with us, and I trust (Schaeffer).”"
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But for first baseman Matt Adams (shin contusion), he is a long way away from returning to the game action, according to Black.
"“(Head trainer) Keith (Dugger) said it’s going to be at least two weeks of non-activity because that bone … around the tibia (is) real fragile and real dicey (so) you don’t want to aggravate it because of the swelling and the trauma in that area,” said Black.“So, I mean he’s improving. He’s able to walk and actually played a game or pinch it with it in that status before (it) sort of got sore and we really looked at it with a fine tooth comb on with the MRI and realized that he was a little bit of jeopardy if he hit that again it could really be damaging. So we’re going to be careful to make sure this thing is really healed, to the point where if he does happen to fall foul ball off that, again, it won’t be a ‘(he’ll be out for a) couple months’ thing.”"
So if he has to not be on it for two weeks, by the time he has baseball activity, Adams will be out for a long time, especially if the Rockies want to send him out on a rehab assignment.
Even then, the Rockies will have to consider whether or not he has a place on the roster. With the play of Connor Joe and C.J. Cron returning off the IL, Adams may not even have a spot on the roster.