Tapia could begin the season in a platoon in left field with Ian Desmond, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Tapia spent the offseason trying to bulk up, and reportedly came into camp with 15-20 pounds of extra muscle. He put that to good use by hitting .355/.394/.613 across 33 plate appearances in Cactus League action. Even so, he'll have to hold off Sam Hilliard, another candidate for playing time in left field.
Tapia went 1-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-3 win over Milwaukee.
Both of Tapia's runs came late in the game, including the game-tying run in the ninth to send it to extras. The 25-year-old finishes the 2019 campaign with nine homers and nine stolen bases with 54 runs scored.
Tapia launched a grand slam during his only at-bat in Friday's win over the Brewers.
Tapia hit his home run as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. It was his ninth long ball of the season, his fourth pinch-hit homer and the second pinch-hit grand slam of his career. After a strong second half to the season, the 25-year-old outfielder is batting .276/.311/.419. If he is able to lock in a consistent spot in the lineup, Tapia may hold underrated potential for the 2020 campaign.
Tapia went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a run scored, a stolen base and a walk in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Dodgers.
Tapia's contributions came in the third inning, as he plated Garrett Hampson with a single and then stole second base. Tapia completed the lap around the bases on a Charlie Blackmon single. The outfielder has a .279/.315/.417 slash line with eight steals, eight homers, 40 RBI and 50 runs scored in 131 games, but recent hand and knee injuries have hampered his ability to stay in the lineup.
Tapia (knee) went 1-for-5 with a stolen base Sunday in the Rockies' 10-5 win over the Padres.
Tapia had been on the bench for the Rockies' previous three contests after fouling a ball off himself Wednesday, but his stolen base in the bottom of the first inning indicates the knee injury is no longer a concern. He'll be out of the lineup Monday against the Mets, but that's probably a result of a lefty (Steven Matz) being on the mound for the opposition more than anything else.
Tapia (knee) is starting in left field and batting second Sunday against the Padres.
Tapia was withheld from the lineup the last two games after leaving Thursday's contest with a sore right knee, but he's ready to go for the series finale. The 25-year-old is 1-for-18 over eight games in September.
Tapia (knee) is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres.
Tapia is set to miss a third straight start after fouling a ball off his knee Wednesday. Garrett Hampson is starting again against a lefty. It will be between Tapia and Sam Hilliard for starts in center against right-handed pitching moving forward, with David Dahl (ankle) ruled out for the rest of the season.
Tapia (knee) isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against San Diego.
Tapia was scratched from Thursday's starting nine due to right knee soreness, and he'll remain on the bench Friday. He'll continue to be considered day-to-day.
Tapia (knee) was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Cardinals, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Tapia is apparently still sore after fouling a ball off his right knee Wednesday, so he'll head to the bench for Thursday's series finale as Yonathan Daza enters the lineup in his place.
Tapia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.
After returning from the injured list Tuesday, Tapia started in two of the Rockies' four games, going hitless across 11 at-bats. So long as David Dahl (ankle) remains on the shelf, Tapia, Ian Desmond, Garrett Hampson and Sam Hilliard will likely vie for two spots in the outfield in most contests alongside right fielder Charlie Blackmon.
Tapia (hand) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
As predicted, Tapia will return from the IL on Tuesday, though he's not in the starting lineup. He'd been sidelined by a left hand injury.
Tapia (hand) might be activated from the injured list Tuesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
The Rockies haven't provided much detail on Tapia's recovery to this point, but he appears to be close to full health after landing on the injured list Aug. 26 with a bone bruise on his left hand. He's slashing .290/.326/.440 with eight homers and 38 RBI this season over 117 games for Colorado.
Colorado placed Tapia (hand) on the 10-day injured list Monday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
The Rockies haven't offered a specific timeline for Tapia's return to action, but his move to the IL isn't overly surprising after manager Bud Black admitted Monday that the outfielder was tending to "a really bad bone bruise" in his left hand. While Tapia is on the shelf, Garrett Hampson and Yonathan Daza are expected to vie for starts in the outfield alongside everyday options Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond.
Manager Bud Black said Monday that Tapia is dealing with "a really bad bone bruise" in his left hand, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Tapia is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves, marking his third consecutive absence on account of the injury. Black said the Rockies are still in the process of determining the severity of Tapia's setback, but the skipper acknowledged the bone bruise is "concerning." If Tapia ends up requiring a stint on the injured list, Garrett Hampson and Yonathan Daza would be in store for more work in the Colorado outfield.
Tapia (hand) is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves.
The Rockies are facing a righty starting pitcher (Julio Teheran) in the make-up game, so the lefty-hitting Tapia's continued absence from the lineup suggests that his hand injury is still a concern. With Tapia on the bench for a third consecutive game, Garrett Hampson will pick up another start in the outfield.
Tapia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a hand injury, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Tapia was out of the starting nine Saturday, but how he actually sustained the injury remains unclear. The 25-year-old started the previous 14 games and had a .803 OPS in that stretch. Yonathan Daza, Garrett Hampson and Charlie Blackmon will start from left to right in the outfield Sunday.
Tapia went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run Monday in the Rockies' 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Tapia has seized control of a full-time role in the Rockies' outfield after David Dahl suffered a high-ankle sprain Aug. 2 that forced a trip to the injured list a day later. In the Rockies' subsequent nine games, Tapia has drawn seven starts while delivering a .414/.452/.552 slash line. Tapia doesn't offer high-end power and is just 4-for-7 on stolen-base attempts this season, but he should be a plus source of batting average while he handles an everyday gig. His outlook is particularly bright for the rest of the week with five games remaining on the Rockies' homestand.
Tapia went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and a walk in the Rockies' 11-6 defeat to the Astros on Tuesday.
Tapia left the yard just once in the month of July, but he equaled that total in just his third game in August with this sixth-inning blast off Zack Greinke, his eighth homer of the season. He's now slashing .274/.310/.452 across 322 plate appearances, and Tapia is in line for consistent at-bats in the coming weeks with David Dahl on the 10-day injured list with a high-ankle sprain.
Tapia will start in left field and bat sixth Sunday against the Giants.
Though he'll be filling in for a resting Ian Desmond in the series finale, Tapia and Desmond should be able to coexist in the same outfield for the foreseeable future after David Dahl (high-ankle sprain) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday. Tapia will be picking up his fourth start in six games as the Rockies wrap up their homestand.
Tapia will start in left field and bat eighth Saturday against the Yankees.
Tapia will draw his fourth start in five contests and will carry a six-game hitting streak into Saturday's action. Though the 25-year-old's playing time has been on the upswing of late, he's been aided by David Dahl sitting out Friday with a foot injury in addition to an extra lineup spot being available in New York. Once the Rockies resume National League play Monday, Tapia could be headed back to a reserve role on a more regular basis.
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