Bud Black is officially a supporter of #NoBunts2017. In a larger piece about the dying art of sacrifice bunting due to research that proves the increased probability to score from first with zero outs than from second with one, Black has a good opinion about bunting instead of swinging away (as well as a good picture).
Side note, in an article that has only one mention of the Rockies (Black’s quote, essentially), there are three photos featuring team members. So there’s that.
The Rockies beat the Padres in their 28th exhibition game. Nolan Arenado homered in the first inning, his second of the Spring. Mark Reynolds also hit one out for the Rockies while Gerardo Parra, Carlos Gonzalez, and Stephen Cardullo all recorded two hits.
Tyler Chatwood took the mound and looked in regular season form, going six innings, allowing only one run on four hits with seven strikeouts. Jason Motte, Carlos Estevez, and Daniel Johnson, who made his spring training debut in the 9th inning, closed out the game on the mound.
David Dahl is no longer feeling pain in his back and rib and is slowly making progress to get back on the field. He has begun to do some light cardio and agility work and will have a CT scan on Friday to determine his progress.
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The Hartford Yard Goats will grace their home ballpark for the first time on April 13, twenty years to the day that the Hartford Whalers, the former baseball inhabitants of Hartford, played their last game.
The Rockies made a move that should surprise nobody; the team has selected the contract of Mark Reynolds and placed Chad Bettis on the 60-day disabled list. Reynolds’ deal goes from a minor league contract to a $1.5 million deal with $2 million available in incentives.
Drew Creasman writes about just how valuable someone like Chris Rusin can be for a young pitching staff. Rusin should return at the end of the week, and he’ll be an asset if he can slot into the bullpen to start the season. If Rusin’s able to slot into his familiar role as a short to long reliever while also being able to spot start without forcing the Rockies to call someone up before they’re ready, then he’ll have done his job.