Tuesday Rockpile: Wilin Rosario injury update, red-hot Rockies

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The Rockies got some good news regarding their catcher's hand injury on Monday.

Rosario day to day with contusion in left hand -- Rockies.com: News
It looks like Wilin Rosario will be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, writes Barry M. Bloom, as the Rockies' young catcher does not have any broken bones in his sore left hand. Rosario has had trouble gripping the bat but will attempt to hit on Tuesday, says Bloom, who adds that the Rockies would have turned to Charlie Culberson if the need for an emergency catcher were to arise.

Charlie Blackmon has been among biggest sparks for Colorado Rockies' hot start -- FOX Sports on MSN
Ken Rosenthal writes about Charlie Blackmon's somewhat overlooked contributions in the field to go along with his tremendous start at the plate. And, Rosenthal says Blackmon is far from the only thing to like about these Rockies.

What You Need to Know: Gray Matters -- Baseball Prospectus
Within Daniel Rathman's roundup of games on Monday is a note about Troy Tulowitzki, who increased his OPS by more than 100 points last night with his first career game with three or more extra-base hits and two-plus walks.

Swinging Out of the Zone and Really Swinging Out of the Zone -- FanGraphs Baseball
Michael Cuddyer swings at a lot of balls while Charlie Blackmon and Justin Morneau are among the league's most aggressive players on borderline pitches, writes Jeff Sullivan.

Blog roll

Could this be the Colorado Rockies team that wins on the road? -- Rockies Review
David Martin writes about the Rockies' success on the road -- relative to past years, at least -- and includes a blurb about DJ LeMahieu, who quietly has raised his batting average to .312 while remaining one of the team's top unsung players.

PEDs, Tainted Records, and the Colorado Rockies -- Rockies Zingers
The Rockies are lucky to not have any big-name players associated with PED use, writes Juan Pablo Zubillaga.

Brandon Barnes making a good first impression -- Mile High Sports
Zach Marburger writes about Brandon Barnes' impressive start, which has been helped by an increased walk rate that has mitigated an overall lack of pop. Barnes has carved out a nice role for this team as a defensive replacement and decent on-base threat -- something the Rockies didn't have off the bench the last couple of seasons.

Around the league

The mishandling of Bryce Harper -- ESPN (Insider)
Keith Law believes the Nationals failed to properly handle Bryce Harper, who will be out until the end of July with a thumb injury:

"[Matt] Williams' tirade on 'lack of hustle,' directed at a player who is hustle incarnate, was a low point for the Nationals this season, but Harper's injury, which came as he tried to stretch a double into a triple by -- wait for it -- hustling, is a new nadir. It's bad enough that the inexperienced manager felt the need to heap dispraise on Harper in a public forum; it's worse that those empty criticisms might in any way have led to Harper taking more of a risk than usual and tearing that thumb ligament."

Felix Pie calls time, tells pitcher to stop sucking -- SBNation.com
A former major leaguer now playing in Korea recently did not play the game the right way. Good for him.

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