ARLINGTON- Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black and outfielder Yonathan Daza provided an update on Daza’s injury when Daza spoke with the media and Black spoke with Rox Pile on the field at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
Daza (thumb laceration) was on the field at Globe Life Field and took batting practice. You can check out part of that below.
Before, Daza had his thumb wrapped as he required stitches in an injury that he suffered at home. However, it was unwrapped and Daza took BP.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza felt good after taking batting practice
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Daza told the media, including Rox Pile, that he felt great after batting practice and that he was ready to go on a minor league rehab assignment here soon. When Black spoke with Rox Pile, he agreed with Daza said that he thought he looked good and he could go out on a rehab assignment soon, likely after the Rockies current series in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.
Black said that he thought Daza would need a week or so in the rehab before returning. If all of that falls in line, he could potentially return for the Rockies next road trip, which will start on September 9, when the Rockies go to Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington for a nine-game, ten-day road trip.
Black also updated the media, including Rox Pile, on Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray earlier today.
Daza, 27, has been out with his thumb injury for about two weeks but since he was out for about two weeks with COVID-19, he has only played in 12 games since the All-Star break (six starts).
In that span, he has hit .179/.209/.179. Before the All-Star break, Daza was hitting .295/.345/.381. He had, essentially, become the Rockies everyday center field after he was playing for a roster spot on the Rockies 26-man roster for Opening Day.
Since the All-Star break, the combination of Sam Hilliard and Garrett Hampson have had almost all of the playing time in center field. On Monday in Arlington, Hilliard will play center field in front of family and friends, as he is from Mansfield, Texas, which is about 20 miles away from Globe Life Field.