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Monday Rockpile: (More) Motivational Spring Training stories, Injury updates, more

Sticking to the theme of Rox Girl's Rockpile from yesterday, there are a couple more articles on the Rockies' website focusing on the gutwretchingly (I know that's not a word) positive aspects of Spring Training. Thomas Harding posted pieces on Eric Young Jr. and Justin Speier ten minutes apart. Both guys will be competing for roster spots. Both men also have quite a bit of competition (though Speier's competition is probably tougher). Let's hope each guy plays up to his potential (although we don't quite know what EYJ's MLB potential is) becomes a contributor to the big league club.

More links after the jump...

Rockies' Ian Stewart tweaks swing to be "The Guy" - The Denver Post
Ian Stewart worked with Don Baylor for three days during the off-season, and showed up to Tucson a week early, as part of his massive effort to fix the problems that caused him to strikeout 138 times last season. Stewie thinks he's been too pull-happy, a sentiment echoed by Don Baylor. That giant loop in his swing doesn't help, either. However, if he continues to improve on the elite power potential he showed glimpses of last season, those strikeouts will become less and less of a problem.

Inside the Colorado Rockies | Major League Baseball in Denver " Corpas’ hamstring injury minor; Baker misses bullpen
Jack Etkin has injury updates on Manuel Corpas and Craig Baker. Corpas will continue to throw, but not run, as he tries to heal a slight hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Baker didn't throw on Sunday, but could do so today, after injuring himself during a bunting drill.

Dodger Vicente Padilla laughs about offseason gun wound - MLB News - FOX Sports on MSN
Wow. In other news, Ronald Belisario, who owned the Rockies last season (he faced 49 hitters and held them to a .578 OPS), is officially late to Spring Training, as he's stuck in Venezuela dealing with issues regarding his work visa. This is the second straight season that Belisario has dealt with that problem, and LA GM Ned Colletti wasn't very amused, as you'll see in the article.

Sources: Anxiety issues sideline Rangers' Khalil Greene - MLB News - FOX Sports on MSN
Tough news for ex-Padre and ex-Cardinal Khalil Greene (who is now with the Rangers), as he once again will miss time due to social anxiety disorder.