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Thursday Rockpile: Arenado returns, Anderson on the way back as well

Reinforcements are coming for the Rockies in the form of Nolan Arenado and Brett Anderson, and the club has acquired a veteran arm as well.

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Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado to return to majors Thursday vs. Dodgers - The Denver Post
He's back. Nolan Arenado will return to the Rockies lineup tonight against the Dodgers, and Nick Groke takes a look at Arenado's return and previews the four-game weekend series against Los Angeles.

Anderson pleased with latest rehab start -
Rockies lefty Brett Anderson made his first rehab start with the Sky Sox tonight, and talked to Thomas Harding about his performance in the Springs. He will make one, maybe two more rehab starts before returning to the Rockies.

Jair Jurrjens traded to Rockies from Reds as Colorado adds pitching depth - The Denver Post
To reinforce a pitching staff that has been strained by injuries throughout the organization, the Rockies traded minor league first baseman Harold Riggins for veteran starter Jair Jurrjens, who is still just 28 years old and was an All-Star as recently as 2011.

Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin has strained, frayed rotator cuff -
As for players we won't be seeing for a while, righty Jhoulys Chacin's MRI revealed a strained, frayed rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The Rockies are consulting with Dr. James Andrews (there's some good news) about the best course of action with Chacin.

Coors Field's press box only half the size of original - The Denver Post
Irv Moss laments and criticizes the Rockies for the shrinking press box, especially because part of the press box has been converted into premium seating for fans.

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