Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black spoke with the media, including Rox Pile, and he provided injury updates on three of the team’s infielders: Ryan McMahon, Trevor Story, and Chris Owings.
Second baseman/third baseman Ryan McMahon was out of the starting lineup in Thursday’s series finale with the Texas Rangers due to a slight groin pull.
He is also out of the starting lineup on Friday in the series opener against the Oakland A’s but manager Bud Black said that it is precautionary as they considered even starting him.
However, he will be available off the bench and he took infield groundballs on Friday.
So McMahon could return to the starting lineup as soon as Saturday, which is a good sign for the Rockies since he has been one of their best bats to start the season.
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Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is progressing nicely too
Shortstop Trevor Story is progressing well as Black said that he would throw and hit on Friday and “all indications” are that he will be activated off the 10-day IL on Tuesday.
Story has been out with elbow inflammation and he last played on May 27 against the Mets and he was pulled out of Game 2 of the doubleheader that day with that injury. Black said that Story will not require a minor-league rehab assignment either.
Chris Owings, who has been out with a sprained thumb since April, is “doing great” as he played catch with Bud Black on the field on Thursday and he took groundballs and he hit in the batting cage as well. Currently, he has a “little protective hard plastic” cast that he puts on his thumb.
The exact timing on his return is yet to be determined but Black said that, likely, Owings will be back in game action in a minor league rehab assignment in the “next week to 10 days.”
Before he got injured, Owings was the Rockies hottest hitter as, even though he hasn’t since April 9th (the Rockies 8th game of the season), he is still tied for 8th-highest WAR on the Rockies, since he hit .533/.588/1.133 in seven games.