After an off day on Monday, there was plenty of news surrounding the Colorado Rockies before they begin a two-game home series against the Seattle Mariners.
Here are the latest injury updates and news items regarding the Colorado Rockies
Rockies bench coach and acting manager Mike Redmond said in Tuesday’s pregame media call that starting pitcher Austin Gomber will be activated in time to start Wednesday’s matinee against the Mariners. The southpaw last pitched for the Rockies on June 19, lasting only two innings against the Milwaukee Brewers before leaving with left forearm tightness. He was placed on the 10-day injured list the next day.
Making a rehab start on Friday, Gomber went four innings for Triple-A Albuquerque, throwing 62 pitches. He allowed five hits and three runs while striking out four and told Thomas Harding of MLB.com that he feels like he is “ready to come back into the job.”
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He will get that chance on Wednesday at Coors Field. With Gomber taking the mound on Wednesday, there was no immediate news on a corresponding roster move, but one will need to be made to clear a spot for Gomber. Look for that to come just before gametime.
Additionally on Tuesday, the Rockies placed infielder/outfielder Chris Owings on the 10-day injured list with a mallet finger of the left thumb. To take Owings’ place on the roster, the Rockies recalled infielder/outfielder Connor Joe from Triple-A.
Redmond said that Owings hurt his thumb right after his at-bat on Sunday that resulted in a game-tying single off Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning. The Rockies would eventually win the game on a walkoff home run from Charlie Blackmon in the bottom of the 10th.
Owings has had another injury-plagued season with the Rockies. He went on the injured list on April 10 with a left thumb sprain and did not return to action until June 22. The injury suffered against the Dodgers was on the same thumb Owings hurt earlier in the season.
Also, outfielder Raimel Tapia was out of the starting lineup once again on Tuesday. Tapia has been out of the lineup now for four straight games but Redmond did indicate that Tapia could pinch hit on Tuesday if needed.