DENVER – Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black spoke with the media, including Rox Pile, before Tuesday’s game with the San Francisco Giants and he had a few injury updates and information on his upcoming starting rotation.
First baseman/outfielder Connor Joe (strained hamstring) received a PRP injection within the last few days. Black reported that Joe is able to walk better than he was a few days ago but he will likely require more than the minimum of ten days on the injured list.
Black said that he “thinks” Joe will return sometime in the 2021 season but added the caveat that he is “not a doctor” so he is not sure on an exact timetable for his return.
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black also had an update on pitcher Peter Lambert
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Colorado Rockies pitcher Peter Lambert (Tommy John surgery) was elevated up to Double-A Hartford and pitched for them on Sunday. He went 2 2/3 innings and he allowed one hit, one run, but he hit three batters.
Black reported that Lambert retired the side in order in both his first and second innings but he had issues in the third inning. Black said that Lambert told the coaching staff in Hartford that he didn’t feel comfortable in the stretch (and, hence, the three hit batters, a hit, and a run).
Lambert will have his side session on Tuesday and Black said that he would exclusively work from the stretch in it. Despite that issue on Sunday, Black said that the club does not foresee him having issues with pitching in the stretch going forward.
Additionally, Bud Black officially announced his rotation for the next three games. The Rockies will activate Jon Gray off the 10-day IL for Wednesday’s game. The Rockies will go with Antonio Senzatela for game one of the road trip in Philadelphia. They will go with Germán Márquez in the second game of the series and officially give him an extra day of rest.
Black had expressed recently that he was hoping to give Márquez a fifth day of rest before his next start.