The Colorado Rockies have had their starting rotation depth wear down even more with the injury to Antonio Senzatela. He suffered a torn ACL on Thursday, meaning he’s done for the season. Chad Kuhl has been out for more than two weeks but is headed to Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab start.
With their injuries, the Rockies have depleted their starting pitching depth after it wasn’t very deep to begin with.
Will those injuries cause the Rockies to change their offseason philosophy?
Rockies: Antonio Senzatela’s injury could change their offseason philosophy
The Rockies are expecting Antonio Senzatela to be back and ready for Opening Day in 2023 but with their recent injuries in their rotation, the club could be looking for some more pitching depth this offseason.
Before Friday’s game against the Giants at Coors Field, manager Bud Black spoke to the media, including Rox Pile, about that.
“Any team will tell you — any general manager, front office — that they’re always looking to improve the pitching, no matter what team,” Black said. “That’s pretty standard. We’re going to fall in line with the other 29 teams.
“You know what we want? Good pitchers.”
Rockies GM Bill Schmidt echoed a similar sentiment to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding in his newsletter.
“We’re always going to have to develop pitching, and a lot of things happen along the way to get here,” general manager Bill Schmidt said. “Guys are going to get hurt. Guys aren’t going to progress the way you thought they were going to. So we’re constantly trying to look to get pitching any way we can.”
Black also said that the Rockies are hoping that minor league starters Ryan Rolison and Peter Lambert (both of whom have been injured in 2022) will be healthy and be able to be contributors in 2023. Dinelson Lamet was a great starter for the Padres in 2020 (4th in NL Cy Young voting) but due to injuries and control issues, he has been a reliever.
On the most recent episode of the Rox Pile Rockies Report, we talk about how the Rockies could change their offseason philosophy because of the injuries and how changes may be on the horizon for the club this offseason.
We also discuss the recent struggles of C.J. Cron and the one area of the team that has gotten significantly better since the start of the season.
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