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Friday Rockpile: Arenado closing in on rehab assignment

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Come back Nolan. I miss you.

Justin Edmonds

Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado "really close" to returning - Denver Post

The Rockies were a solidly above average team when Nolan Arenado was on the field. They have been a dumpster fire, mixed with a train wreck, mixed with some other bad metaphor without him. Will the return of Arenado suddenly make the Rockies watchable again? Probably not; I mean, he can't do anything about a pitching staff that is 3/5 Triple-A filler. But he's a key cog for the future of the team, and it'll do all our hearts good to see him out there.

Manny Ramirez fails to excite in minors - Denver Post

Nick Groke spent the night in Colorado Springs last night in order to cover a rather bizarre story:42 year old Manny Ramirez is still trying to get back to The Show. Despite playing his last game in the big leagues three years ago, Ramirez has signed with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs as a player manager. He went hitless last night, including a strikeout against WIlton Lopez, which ought to be an indication that you aren't major league caliber any more. You know what? I'm rooting for him. He's an outsized personality in a game that needs characters.

Rosario exits game with lower back tightness - MLB.com

Dang

Trevor Story promoted to Tulsa - Bryan Kilpatrick

Trevor Story shot up prospect lists in 2012, then shot right off them in 2013. In 2014 he has returned to raking, and his eye-popping numbers (332/.436/.582) have earned him a promotion to Double-A Tulsa. That's frequently the final stop for a prospect before the big leagues. Story is still probably a couple years away (he's 21 and still prone to the strikeout, after all), but there's reason to be excited about him. Maybe Story will finally be the guy to figure out second base for the Rockies.

And that's just about it for Rockies news. I guess when your team is in total free fall you don't get much national coverage.