Colorado Rockies: Yonathan Daza returns, Jose Iglesias lands on IL
By Kevin Henry
The Colorado Rockies had a roster shakeup on Tuesday before the second game of their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field.
What roster moves did the Colorado Rockies make on Tuesday?
As we detailed in this article, shortstop José Iglesias has been dealing with a right hand contusion since the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. That contusion has landed the 32-year-old Iglesias on the injured list (retroactive to September 5). In his absence, Alan Trejo and Garrett Hampson will shoulder the shortstop duties for Colorado.
Iglesias heading to the injured list opens a roster spot that was filled by outfielder Yonathan Daza, who returns to action after separating his shoulder on a catch in the outfield early in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 11.
During his recent rehab assignment with Albuquerque, Daza went 4-for-12 (all singles) at the plate in three games, striking out four times and walking once. However, he said the trip to Texas to play the Sugar Land Space Cowboys (the Triple-A team of the Houston Astros) was more about testing his health than putting up offensive numbers.
“First game,” Daza said of his Triple-A rehab when asked how soon he felt confident in his shoulder’s health. “I wasn’t wondering about my results at all (at the plate). I was wondering about how my shoulder was feeling, and I felt really good.”
Daza also said that conditioning wasn’t an issue in his return as he was “working so hard” in preparation to return to the Rockies.
“I was doing everything I needed to do, so I feel really good right now.”
Daza also added that he wasn’t surprised how quickly he was able to return from the injury, noting even how quickly after the injury he was telling reporters that it wasn’t as bad as the shoulder dislocation that prematurely ended his season when he was in Double-A back in 2018.
Daza was in the lineup on Tuesday night, batting second and starting in left field.