Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black provided the media, including Rox Pile, with updates on four injured players before Friday’s game and the start of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Outfielder Raimel Tapia (sprained toe) will “do some work as far as running … and some agility work” as well as some hitting in the batting cages. However, there is no timetable for his return.
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black provided updates on three more players on Friday
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Colorado Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza, who’s on the 10-day IL with a left thumb laceration from an accident at home, currently has his thumb wrapped and he still has to let it heal, according to Black.
There’s some swelling around the thumb from the laceration and the stitches that were required so that has to heal, then he has to grab a bat again and ramp up his work so, as a result, there’s also no timetable on his return.
Relief pitcher Jordan Sheffield (strained lat) has been out since early June but he is nearing a return. He threw his third simulated game at Coors Field and he felt “100 percent” after the simulated game, per Black. Black said that “more than likely, he will be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment within the next few days” but the Rockies are not sure which affiliate they will send him to, as of yet.
Pitcher Peter Lambert (Tommy John surgery) has been in High-A Spokane and he has made one start (two innings) and he felt well after it, as Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry reported yesterday.
Dave Nichols, Sr., who covers the Spokane Indians for The Spokesman-Review, reported that Lambert will be with Spokane for ‘at least three more starts.’ When asked about Lambert on Friday, Black expressed that, if all goes well with the rehab, he doesn’t believe that having Lambert be “stretched out” for starts at the major league level is not the key right now.
Most importantly, “it’s important for him to be healthy and feel good about where his stuff is …” and that Lambert can “go into the offseason feeling like a normal pitcher.”