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Friday Rockpile: Rockies close to getting reinforcements

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Michael Cuddyer, Wilin Rosario, and Josh Rutledge aren't far away. Also notes about an unheralded prospect and the rise in Tommy John surgery.

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From Utility Man to Starter, Blackmon Living a Fairy Tale - MLB.com

Meggie Zahneis has an excellent profile of Charlie Blackmon, who's getting more and more national attention.

Rosario ready to start rehab at Triple-A - MLB.com

The Rockies are finally getting healthy. The lineup, missing both Wilin Rosario and Michael Cuddyer, has lacked some punch, particularly down in the order. Getting those sluggers back will help tremendously. Rosario is eligible to return Sunday, though they haven't confirmed that that's his target date. Cuddyer could be back Tuesday to face the Giants.

Prospect Watch: MiLB's Hardest Thrower? And other stories - Fangraphs

Rockies fans will be interested in one of the "other stories." Particularly the story of Carlos Estevez, the last prospect profiled in Nathaniel Stoltz's excellent piece. Estevez is a 21 year old reliever in Low-A Asheville with a 24/5 K/BB ratio whom Stoltz liked quite a bit. It's always nice to hear about an under-the-radar prospect who turns some heads.

MLB Seeks Answers to TJ Epidemic - ESPN

It appears the human body is just not equipped to throw baseballs over and over and over. Is there anything we can do to stop this spate of exploding elbows? This is probably the largest issue facing the game right now, and there won't be any easy solution. Non-tearable biomechanical ligaments grown in a laboratory maybe?

Tim Hudson will skip next start - ESPN

No word on whether that will affect his next next start--against the Rockies.

And finally, from our own RhodeIslandRoxFan:

Either the numbers are lying or the game is rigged - Purple Row

wRC+ is a catchall offensive statistic that supposedly accounts for park factors. But there's something fishy going on with how it rates the Rockies. RIRF investigates, and comes to some startling conclusions. This is a must read.