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Rockies' Chad Bettis: Could pitch Tuesday
Bettis (neck) said he could pitch in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Twins, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Bettis was scratched from his scheduled start Friday due to a stiff neck, though the right-hander didn't seem too worried about the issue afterwards. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and if everything goes as planned, Bettis will be cleared to rejoin the rotation Tuesday, keeping him in line to start the fifth game of the season.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Chad Bettis: Scratched with stiff neck
Bettis was scratched from Friday's spring game against the Padres due to a stiff neck, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
The severity of the injury is not yet known, leaving Bettis' status for the start of the season -- which is less than a week away -- in question. Harrison Musgrave is starting in his place Friday.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Tyler Anderson: Having rough spring
Anderson has given up 11 hits and seven earned runs over eight innings of work in Cactus League play this spring.
It's been tough sledding in the Cactus League thus far for the left-hander, who is sporting a 7.88 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. He maintained a firm grasp on a role at the back end of Colorado's rotation last year, but the 4.55 ERA that he posted over 176 innings was also subpar, so the 29-year-old is difficult to trust for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Jairo Diaz: Records save Monday
Diaz (forearm) picked up the save Monday against the Reds after firing a scoreless inning of relief. He struck out one and allowed one hit.
Diaz isn't in big-league camp; he joined the Rockies for Monday's exhibition simply to provide an additional arm out of the bullpen. It's encouraging to see the 27-year-old back to full health after a forearm injury limited him to just 12.1 minor-league innings last season.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Wade Davis: Locked in as closer
Davis has given up one earned run over five innings of work in Cactus League play this spring, striking out five and walking one in his five appearances.
Davis had a National League-high 43 saves last season and he's locked in as the Rockies' ninth-inning man again ahead of the start of the regular season. His 4.13 ERA from last year thanks to a handful of rough outings wasn't spectacular, but he did have a solid 1.06 WHIP and should be a reliable source of saves once again, even if he's not providing the top-tier ratios of other closer options.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Chris Iannetta: Enduring rough spring
Iannetta owns a 3-for-27 mark at the plate (.111 average) through his 12 Cactus League appearances entering Tuesday.
Iannetta typically compensates for low batting averages by working counts and taking walks, but he's only drawn two free passes to date. According to Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, Iannetta isn't guaranteed a spot on the Rockies' Opening Day roster, though it would be surprising if the 35-year-old was ultimately released given his ample experience and rapport with the pitching staff, attributes that take on greater significance at Coors Field. Iannetta will likely be deployed in a timeshare this season with either Tom Murphy or Tony Wolters, the lone other catchers on the 40-man roster competing for a spot with the big club.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Tom Murphy: In battle for roster spot
Murphy has gone 6-for-26 at the plate with three home runs and six RBI during Cactus League play entering Tuesday.
Murphy possesses the most offensive upside of any of the three catchers on the 40-man roster, but the premium the Rockies place on defense at the position has prevented him from receiving much of an extended look at the big-league level. The Rockies' decision to re-sign their primary option behind the plate from 2018, Chris Iannetta, realistically leaves Murphy battling with Tony Wolters for the second catcher spot on the Opening Day roster. Wolters' skills as a defender -- particularly as a pitch framer -- are clearly valued by the Rockies, but the fact that he has a minor-league option remaining may help Murphy, who has no options left and would be exposed to waivers if he fails to make the roster.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Ryan McMahon: Blasts another homer
McMahon went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBI on Monday against the Reds.
McMahon appeared to be blocked from an everyday role entering spring training, but he has done everything he can to force his way into the lineup with his Cactus League performance. After Monday's performance, he is hitting .444 with 11 extra-base hits, six strikeouts and four walks across 45 at-bats.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Kyle Freeland: Experimenting with two-seamer
Freeland allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking one across 4.2 innings Monday against the Reds.
Freeland surrendered a home run to Scott Schebler to begin the game Monday. However, he settled in from there, with the only other run he allowed coming in the fourth inning. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post also noted that Freeland was experimenting with a two-seam fastball that led to three of his four strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Sam Howard: Heads to minor-league camp
Howard was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
This isn't all too surprising. Howard spent the 2018 season with the Rockies but was non-tendered following the season. The 26-year-old southpaw will provide bullpen depth for Colorado.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Noel Cuevas: Sent to minors camp
Cuevas was sent to minor-league camp Monday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Cuevas was always a long shot to break camp with the Rockies given the team's current outfield depth. The 27-year-old made his major-league debut last season, slashing .233/.268/.315 in 153 plate appearances, and could return to the show in 2019 should injuries create an opening.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Peter Lambert: Returned to minors
Lambert was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Lambert held his own in big-league camp, compiling a 3.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP across 13.1 innings, but will return to the minors to open the season. The right-hander owns a career 3.76 ERA across parts of four seasons, though he struggled to a 5.04 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in his first taste of Triple-A last year (11 starts, 55.1 innings).... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Daniel Murphy: Swats first spring homer
Murphy went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Colorado's 7-2 Cactus League victory over the Cubs on Sunday.
Murphy was hitting just .176 this spring coming into this contest, so it was good to see him check in with his first long ball in Cactus League play. The first-year Rockie slashed .299/.336/.454 across 328 at-bats as a member of the Nationals and Cubs last season.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Antonio Senzatela: Doubtful for Opening Day
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.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Chris Rusin: Opening Day status in doubt
Manager Bud Black said Rusin (back) is doubtful for Opening Day, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
Rusin hasn't pitched in a game since March 1 due to back pain, and with Opening Day less than two weeks away, it doesn't sound like the southpaw will have enough time to get up to speed before the start of the season. It's unclear when Rusin will be ready to join the Rockies at this point.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Garrett Hampson: Returns to action Sunday
Hampson (hamstring) is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff in Sunday's spring game against the Cubs, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hampson exited Saturday's game against the Brewers, but his quick return to action indicates the issue was minor. The 24-year-old missed some time last week with a sore right hamstring but appears good to go Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Garrett Hampson: Exits early
Hampson left Saturday's game against the Brewers early, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
Hampson has missed time with hamstring tightness, though no reason has yet been given for his removal. If the issue lingers into the start of the season, Ryan McMahon would likely win the second-base competition by default.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Matt Pierpont: Sent to minor-league camp
Pierpont was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday.
The 28-year-old has been stuck at the Double-A level for three straight years but has produced excellent numbers there, with ERAs of 2.94, 2.02 and 1.95. He allowed one run in five innings while posting a 4:0 K:BB during his time with the big-league club this spring.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' German Marquez: Dominates on back fields
Marquez (illness) pitched in a minor-league game Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. He struck out 10 while covering six innings.
After his last Cactus League start March 9 against the Indians, Marquez experienced symptoms of the stomach bug that had been making its way around the clubhouse earlier in the month. Though Marquez was able to make his subsequent start on his normal four days' rest, the Rockies chose to ease him back into action in a more controlled setting versus lesser competition. He should re-enter the Cactus League pitching schedule during the upcoming week, with his next start likely coming Tuesday versus the Angels or Wednesday against the Royals.... See More ... See Less
Rockies' Chad Bettis: Inside track for rotation spot
Bettis will likely open the season as a member of the Colorado rotation with Antonio Senzatela (heel) sidelined indefinitely with an infected blister, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
In addition to Bettis and Senzatela, Jeff Hoffman is in the mix for the final starting gig, but he has performed inconsistently this spring and has a minor-league option remaining, making it likely he'll open the season at Triple-A Albuquerque. With manager Bud Black merely stating Friday that Senzatela "will be out a while," Bettis should get at least a couple turns through the rotation to build up some job security. Bettis opened the past season in the rotation and found some initial success before finishing with a lowly 5.01 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 6.0 K/9 in 120.1 innings. He shouldn't warrant much attention outside of NL-only leagues.... See More ... See Less