Injury bug leaves Rockies looking for replacements

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Two weeks from today is opening day, and the Colorado Rockies still have a lot of difficult decisions to make after being bit by the injury bug.

First Base:

Ian Desmond broke his hand is expected to be until late April even though he was expected to be the everyday First basemen for the Rockies.

Chances are Mark Reynolds or Jordan Patterson will be taking over for Desmond while he is rehabbing from his injury. Most likely it will be the veteran Reynolds, but he still needs to be added to the 40-man roster.

Outfield:

Rockies outfielder David Dahl, who said he has been “very bored” waiting to return from his stressed rib bone injury, hopes he can be back within the next week or so. Gerardo

David DAhl
David Dahl- Courtesy of ESPN.com

Parra and Chris Denorfia might end up making the opening day roster if Dahl isn’t good enough to play by April 3, but this is still wait and see.

 

Pitching:

With Chad Bettis out indefinitely due to his battle with testicular cancer, a spot on the rosteer is up for grabs.

Chris Rusin would be the obvious choice for many, but he will most likely be out at the start of the season because of a strained oblique.

Expect Right-hander Antonio Senzatela and lefty Kyle Freeland to still be on the roster on opening day to help fill the gaps.

black
Bud Black- Courtesy of The Gazette

At the end of the day, the final decision goes to manager Bud Black and general manager Jeff Bridich.

Thanks to the Denver Post

Dominic LoVallo

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