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Colorado Rockies catcher Nick Hundley on the mend, expected back by Monday

News, notes, and links for Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Colorado Rockies catcher Nick Hundley is close to returning.
Colorado Rockies catcher Nick Hundley is close to returning.
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The Colorado Rockies finish up their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers later this afternoon, and from there, they'll begin a new series at Coors Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. With that, they should be getting back their veteran starting catcher. We dive into that, and a few other pieces of news an some notes around the Rockies this Sunday morning.

Hundley starts road back with rehab stint —

The Rockies could use Nick Hundley to return; we all know how much I love Tony Wolters, but he doesn't have quite the offensive profile of Hundley, and the Rockies' staff could well use a veteran with that much experience coming back pretty quickly. It's all dependent on wrapping up his rehab assignment today for Triple-A Albuquerque, though.

What Happens When Baseball-Stats Nerds Run a Pro Team? — New York Times

This is a glorious Sunday read about baseball's statheads, and how, well, they don't always get it right. Stats, scouting, gut feelings... you need the full package. This is but another light-hearted and enlightening lesson in why that is, and certainly worth a read.

A newfound chemistry is sparking the Rockies’ hot start — Mile High Sports

The Rockies are winning. It's early in the year, but the Rockies are winning. And with that, their chemistry is getting to be something, led by spark plugs like Brandon Barnes. Chemistry matters!

For Rockies' Miguel Castro, biggest save was helping ailing parents — Denver Post

A good story on Miguel Castro, and one that a lot of players coming from the Dominican Republic can most likely replicate,  as well as a nice wrinkle about Castro's work ethic during spring training. Oh, the Rockies' bullpen still misses Castro's arm something wicked, too.