Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers left the game on Monday night in the bottom of the first inning after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from Washington Nationals starter Josiah Gray. Now what comes next for Rodgers?
Here is the latest on Colorado Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers
After being hit in the helmet by the 92.2 mph fastball, Rodgers stayed on the ground for just under four minutes while being attended to by Rockies medical personnel as manager Bud Black stood in the batter’s box where Rodgers had just moments before. He was helped to his feet and escorted to the dugout. Shortly after he exited the field, Garrett Hampson came on to pinch run and stayed in the game at second base (where Rodgers was playing).
It was announced later in the game that Rodgers had passed all concussion protocols. He will continue to be monitored by the Colorado Rockies and his status for Tuesday’s game is still up in the air. However, after the game, Black said that Rodgers was doing “fine” after what initially looked to be a frightening moment.
“Obviously, he was a little scared when he was down on the ground,” Black said. “I took him out of the game right away for precautionary reasons but I was informed shortly thereafter that he was doing fine.
“Those are always scary. You never like to see that. The ball got away from the young pitcher. No intent. Ball got away from him. You don’t like the ball up in that area. He (Rodgers) is doing fine.”
Based on Black’s comments, it sounds as if the Rockies dodged a bullet with Rodgers, who has hit 12 of his 15 home runs on the road this season. Since his first career home run on June 5, the 25-year-old Rodgers is slashing .294/.335/.498 with 18 doubles, two triples, and 15 homers in 84 games.
Colorado and Washington are slated to continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at Coors Field. We will be there and will keep you updated on Rodgers’ availability.