MILWAUKEE — Before the Colorado Rockies series (and season) finale with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday to end their five-game, seven-day road trip, we spoke with Rockies manager Bud Black on the field at American Family Field in Milwaukee and he provided us with some updates on some of the Rockies injured players.
Black provided updates on Colorado Rockies pitchers Austin Gomber and Mychal Givens as well as infielder Matt Adams
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber is on the 10-day injured list with left forearm tightness. Gomber played catch today with the team in Milwaukee.
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Barring any setback, Gomber will throw a side session, likely on Tuesday at Coors Field. That is when the Rockies will re-evaluate him. If all goes well with that, he will move on to bullpen sessions, where he will “pitch with more intensity,” Black said. If the bullpens go well, Gomber will either return to the team or (likely) go out on a minor league rehab start.
As of now, the team is hoping that he will return around the All-Star break.
Mychal Givens has been out with a “strained lower back” and, on Saturday, he threw a bullpen in Milwaukee and after it, he told us that he felt “good.” Black said that he still feels well, so Givens will throw another bullpen session on Monday in Denver. The Rockies will then evaluate where Givens is after that.
Rockies first baseman Matt Adams took infield and batting practice on Saturday and after he took infield but before taking batting practice, Adams told us that “everything is feeling great.” Today, Black said that “Adams is getting really close to being able to play. We feel as though he is close to 100 percent.” Black said that the medical team, coaches, and Adams would decide the next course of action. Adams is currently on the 10-day IL with a right elbow strain.
Black said that he would like to see Adams get “a number of at-bats” in the minors to get his timing back since he has been out of action since June 8 with the elbow injury.
The Rockies will take on the Brewers at 12 noon (Mountain time) on Sunday as Chi Chi Gonzalez will square off against Eric Lauer before the Rockies return home for their Opening Day 2.0 on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Colorado’s probable starting pitchers for the upcoming series against the Pirates are Kyle Freeland on Monday, Germán Márquez on Tuesday, and Jon Gray on Wednesday.