Friday Morning Rockpile: Hirsh To Be Out Longer

Jason Hirsh will be out longer than expected as the club has limited what he can do on his road back to the team:

The Rockies have reduced Jason Hirsh's throwing program, the club revealed on Thursday, limiting the right-hander to rehab exercises and treatment for a shoulder strain that has precluded him from all but one Spring Training appearance.

Hirsh's injury has definitely been the disappointment/surprise of camp for me. It isn't as severe as shoulder strain as Torrealba's in 2006, but the Rockies are being cautious with Hirsh. Can't say they're wrong. The last thing we need to see is Hirsh make a hasty return and injure his shoulder even more. So, as Bob Apodaca says, "You just go on." It's what the Rockies did last season when injuries hit the pitching staff. Just go out and play ball.

On the brighter side of things, Atkins hit his first homer of the spring in the last Cactus League game. The main point of the article is that we shouldn't worry about Atkins' bat. Even though he's playing for a long-term contract with the Rockies, Atkins hasn't fallen into the trap of trying to swing for the fences. Matt has it right at the end of the article: slow start or fast start, by the end of the season Garrett's going to hit.

This is a nice touch:

The Rockies are taking a personal touch to handing out the National League Championship rings. Owners Dick and Charlie Monfort and members of the front office will visit the organization's minor league teams to hand out rings to the minor league managers, coaches and trainers.

The Rockies will fly in scouts from surrounding areas to each city with a minor league team, and the scouts will be a part of the on-field presentations.

The Rockies have one last tuneup before the regular season starts on Monday as they take on the Diamondbacks tonight at Chase Field. [UPDATE] After tonight's game, Hurdle will officially announce the winners for the fifth outfield spot and the last member of the the 'pen.

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