Colorado Rockies right fielder/designated hitter Charlie Blackmon was pulled from Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a tweak to his right hamstring, but Rockies manager Bud Black believes that the sore hamstring will not cause Blackmon to head to the injured list or miss a significant amount of time.
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Black said that Blackmon had recently been hit by a pitch “right in the belly of the hamstring” and then again in almost the same spot in another at-bat. Over the course of the last week to 10 days, the hamstring had “grabbed” a couple of times. However, Thursday’s grab was enough to have Black pull him out of what would turn into a blowout loss to the Cardinals.
Blackmon, who has been hit by a pitch three times in August, beat out an infield single in the top of the first inning against the Cardinals, but seemed to slow up as he reached first base. He was replaced in the outfield by Wynton Bernard as the bottom of the second inning began.
“I took him out because I thought he wasn’t moving great,” Black said. “It cost him time yesterday, and we’re going to give him a day today, but I don’t think, as of now, that this is a long-term situation.”
Blackmon was not in the lineup on Friday for the series opener against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. However, with southpaw Alex Wood on the mound, Ryan McMahon was the only left-handed hitter in the Rockies lineup. Randal Grichuk was slotted in at right field while Elehuris Montero took over as the team’s designated hitter.
The 36-year-old Blackmon is slashing .264/.315/.439 in 464 plate appearances over 107 games this season, his 12th MLB campaign. His 16 home runs and 67 RBI each rank second for the Rockies (behind C.J. Cron in both categories).