Senzatela (foot) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. This isn't all too surprising, as manager Bud Black stated over the weekend that Senzatela would be out of action for "a while" due to an infected blister on his right heel. It's unclear when the right-hander will be ready to return at this point. In the meantime, Chad Bettis appears to be the likeliest candidate to temporary fill in as the Rockies' fifth starter.
Senzatela has an infected blister on his right heel which will keep him out of action for "a while" according to manager Bud Black, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. It's been a rough spring for Senzatela, who's struggled to a 5.14 ERA, battled a stomach virus and is now dealing with a foot infection. It's unclear how long "a while" will be, but the news certainly hurts his chances of breaking camp as the Rockies' fifth starter, with Chad Bettis looking like the most likely candidate.
Senzatela did not throw Tuesday or Wednesday while battling a stomach virus, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The illness doesn't appear likely to threaten Senzatela's readiness for Opening Day. He's locked into a battle with Chad Bettis and Jeff Hoffman for the Rockies' final rotation spot, with his 5.14 ERA being the worst mark of the trio so far.
Senzatela is being considered for one of the Rockies' final rotation spots, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. The 24-year-old spent time as both a starter and as a long reliever for the Rockies. The end product was a serviceable 4.38 ERA, though he held a 3.86 ERA in the last two months of the season and even started Game 1 of the NLDS for Colorado. Senzatela will have to outperform Chad Bettis and Jeff Hoffman to avoid starting the season either in long relief or in the minors again.
Senzatela will pitch against the Brewers in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. As expected, Senzatela will take the mound for the series opener in Milwaukee after Kyle Freeland started Tuesday's wild-card contest against the Cubs. Over his past three starts, Senzatela has posted a 1.62 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 13 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.