Colorado Rockies injury updates: Jon Gray’s impending return, Connor Joe, Yonathan Daza, Peter Lambert
DENVER – Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black spoke with Rox Pile on the field at Coors Field before Sunday’s series finale with the Atlanta Braves and he provided some injury updates on his players.
Black told the media postgame on Saturday that the team is considering giving starter Germán Márquez an extra day of rest before his next start.
If things go as planned and Márquez does get an extra day of rest, Black told Rox Pile on Sunday that Rockies starter Jon Gray (right forearm tightness) will “potentially” start for the Rockies on Wednesday in the series finale against the San Francisco Giants.
Gray threw three simulated innings on the mound at Coors Field. He faced Rockies outfielder Sam Hilliard, infielder Rio Ruiz, and catcher Dom Nuñez in those innings. Black said that Gray felt great after the sim game and he was still feeling great today.
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Colorado Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza is rehabbing in Triple-A Albuquerque
Colorado Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza (lacerated thumb) is currently in Triple-A Albuquerque on a rehab assignment. He has played in three games fo the Isotopes and he is 2-for-12 with an RBI.
Black said that he is 100 percent healthy but he “needs at-bats” to regain his form at the plate. Daza was out for COVID after the All-Star break and didn’t return until August 1. In the 12 games Daza played in after returning, he hit .179 with an OPS of .385.
Connor Joe (strained hamstring) was placed on the 10-day IL yesterday. Black said they have their “fingers crossed” that Joe will only be on the IL for the minimum ten days required.
Peter Lambert (Tommy John surgery) will be starting for Double-A Hartford today. He has been elevated from High-A Spokane and in four starts with them, he had an ERA of 5.87 in 7 2/3 innings.
The Rockies will look to take three of four against the Braves on Sunday at 1:10 PM M.T. Ryan Feltner, who was added to the 40-man roster and 26-man active roster on Sunday, will make his MLB debut on the Rockies and start for them against Charlie Morton.