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Colorado Rockies LHP Tyler Matzek has resumed game action in Albuquerque

Tyler Matzek managed a scoreless inning of relief for the Albuquerque Isotopes in his first game back.

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Matzek returns to Isotopes after long layoff -

For the first time since June 24th, Tyler Matzek pitched in a live baseball game -- an eighth inning appearance against the Fresno Grizzlies for the Isotopes. Matzek walked the first two batters he faced, struck out the following two, walked another to load the bases and induced a pop up to escape the jam. There is still much to be seen from the struggling young left-hander, but Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill is encouraged by some good signs. Matzek will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season in Albuquerque.

Chris Jackson provides quotes from the manager as well as Tyler Matzek on his outing.

Justin Morneau hits live BP for Rockies in big step after concussion - The Denver Post

More good news for the Rockies came Friday afternoon ahead of game time, when Justin Morneau took live batting practice with the team. Morneau has not played since being shaken up on a play on May 14th, hitting the DL with concussion symptoms and a cervical neck strain. He took some ground balls and jogged the bases, all of which he will do as his normal routine during this homestand. Nick Groke of the Post has quotes from Morneau, who is determined to play again this season.

Tyler Matzek returns to baseball, sent to Triple-A - The Denver Post

Rockies’ director of player development Zach Wilson expresses the organization’s unwavering support of Matzek as he begins the climb to what is hopefully a successful return to the major league club.

Also included are quotes from Brendan Rodgers on the first-round draft pick’s experience through his first 25 games of professional baseball.

Barnes snaps skid with help from Padres -

It may not have been entirely to his credit, but Brandon Barnes’ triple in the bottom of the sixth inning of Friday’s game put a stop to a 0-22 slide at the plate. Barnes, who had not recorded a hit since July 31st in St. Louis, sent a high fly ball to right-center field and dropped between Melvin Upton and Matt Kemp. Since neither were anywhere near the baseball, Barnes made it to third in plenty of time, scoring DJ LeMahieu.

The unusual play generated some pretty great reactions, the best of which may have been Tommy Kahnle’s, who had a front row seat to the action from the railing of the Rockies’ bullpen.

Eddie Butler sent to Triple-A; Rockies put Boone Logan on DL - The Denver Post

After another shaky start in Thursday’s loss to the Mets, Eddie Butler was sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque for the second time this season to continue working on his command. Butler is 3-10 with a 5.90 ERA in 16 starts with the Rockies.

Boone Logan was sidelined with left elbow inflammation, an injury that shortened Logan’s season a year ago and eventually required surgery to remove bone chips from the area. Logan’s 15-day DL stint is retroactive to August 12th.