Before the Colorado Rockies finished up a series with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field, Colorado manager Bud Black provided an update on two of his injured outfielders.
Here is the latest on the injuries suffered by Colorado Rockies outfielders Yonathan Daza and Ramiel Tapia.
Tapia, Colorado’s leadoff hitter and left fielder for the majority of the season, has been shelved since August 10 with a right big toe strain. Black told reporters on Wednesday, including Rox Pile, that there was no timetable for Tapia’s return to the roster.
Black said that Tapia has returned to hitting in the cage. However, his progress has been slow and, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com has reported, Tapia has yet to returning to running or more “explosive drills.” With all of that in mind, it’s extremely likely that Tapia will not come off the injured list in time for this weekend’s home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Speaking of Harding…
Tapia went 9-for-27 in his last seven games with a pair of RBI. In his absence, Connor Joe has slotted in as Colorado’s leadoff hitter and left fielder.
Daza, meanwhile, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb laceration.
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Since being placed on the COVID-19 injured list on July 16, the 27-year-old Daza has struggled mightily. Before the All-Star break, Daza was slashing .295/.345/.381 with a pair of homers and 28 RBI. However, since his return from the injured list on July 31, Daza has pieced together a .179/.207/.179 slash line with eight strikeouts in 28 at-bats.
With Daza out, look for Sam Hilliard and Garrett Hampson to soak up the majority of playing time in center field.
Additionally, the Rockies have moved infielder/outfielder Chris Owings to the 60-day injured list. The move comes as no surprise as Owings as doctors put a pin in his injured left thumb following surgery and officially puts an end to another injury-riddled season for Owings in a Rockies uniform.
Since signing with the Rockies before the 2020 campaign, Owings has just 84 at-bats. However, he has been productive in those limited opportunities, posting a 130 OPS+.