PITTSBURGH – The Colorado Rockies have scratched outfielder Kris Bryant from the starting lineup with back soreness, the same back injury that kept him out of play for nearly a month (21 total games).
He has only played in two games since he returned from the IL, as he returned from a rehab assignment on Saturday.
The Colorado Rockies have scratched Kris Bryant from their starting lineup on Monday
Kris Bryant was slated to bat third and play left field for the Colorado Rockies but now, Sam Hilliard will play left field and bat seventh.
On the season, Bryant has only played in 17 games with zero homers, four RBI, and a slash line of .270/.342/.333 (OPS+ of 87).
Before the lineup move was made, Rockies manager Black was asked about Bryant and he said that Bryant was doing “just okay.” “I think he’s still finding his way physically,” Black said.
Other injury news for the Colorado Rockies
Earlier on Monday, the Colorado Rockies placed right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson on the COVID-IL. In a corresponding move, the Rockies recalled Ashton Goudeau from Triple-A Albuquerque. Goudeau was just with the team this past weekend in Denver when the Rockies faced the Mets on Saturday in a double-header. Goudeau was the 27th man on the roster.
Goudeau is already with the team so he will be available on Monday night.
Colorado Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela will have a bullpen session on Tuesday here at PNC Park. If all goes well, according to manager Bud Black, Senzatela will head to Texas to join the Albuquerque Isotopes (who will be on the road in Round Rock, Texas) and make a rehab start there on Friday.
The Rockies have yet to name a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s matinee against the Pirates but Ryan Feltner was in the Rockies clubhouse. He made a spot start for the team in Philadelphia in late April and had been in Albuquerque so it is likely that he will start on Wednesday.
We will have more coverage here from PNC Park as more information develops.