CHICAGO – Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black provided some injury updates to the media, including Rox Pile, on the field at Wrigley Field before the Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs in a split doubleheader.
Raimel Tapia (toe sprain) was rehabbing with the team in Chicago. When Black provided his previous injury update on Monday from Wrigley Field, he said that if all went well, Tapia would be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment.
That is the case as Tapia was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday to join the Isotopes. They have an off-day on Wednesday so he will play for them tomorrow when they open their homestand against Triple-A Round Rock.
Black said that if all goes well in the rehab, the hope is that Tapia will rejoin the major league roster when the team is in Texas to begin next week.
Jordan Sheffield (lat strain) felt good after his intrasquad outing that we reported on in Monday’s update. He will pitch again here soon but the Rockies have not been able to get him into an Arizona League game yet because the first game he was going to throw in got rained out and Monday’s game against the Royals was not played. The Royals, according to Black, did not have enough pitching so they forfeited the game.
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Colorado Rockies pitcher Peter Lambert did not have a good rehab outing
Colorado Rockies pitcher Peter Lambert on Sunday with High-A Spokane and he did not have a good outing. Lambert only went two-thirds of an inning where he allowed three runs, walked four, and hit a batter.
He will start again this weekend for Spokane but Black said that they hope to elevate him through the minor leagues before a possible return to the majors.
Black also said that the Rockies will activate infielder Joshua Fuentes as their 27th man for the doubleheader. He will only be active for the second game of the doubleheader.
Fuentes was struggling mightily in Albuquerque before his most recent stretch where he has hit .379 (11-for-29) in his most recent stretch.
We will have more coming from Chicago and from Arlington next week as the Rockies continue their road trip on Wednesday and finish the road trip in Arlington before returning home to face the Braves and Giants at Coors Field.