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Rockies news and links for Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Rockies already testing their pitching depth “in the fire” as they look for another starter - The Denver Post

Jon Gray’s fractured foot is requiring the Rockies to dip into their pitching depth early in the season, writes Nick Groke. The Rockies have already lost Chad Bettis for an indefinite amount of time as he undergoes cancer treatment, and the team will now be without Gray for at least a month, requiring their young starters to step to the forefront in the season’s first month.

Same Story, more emphasis on defense -

With Trevor Story’s slow start on offense, he enters Tuesday in a 1-for-25 slump, he is focusing even more on contributing with his glove, the Rockies’ shortstop told Thomas Harding. Story said he is confident his hits will come, he currently has a .174 BABIP, but Rockies manager Bud Black praised his contribution on defense.

Carlos Estévez’ new and improved mechanics spur from pitch tipping - BSN Denver

Despite the headline, there isn’t much in this article from Jake Shapiro on pitch tipping, but it is a good look at how the Rockies right-hander has adjusted his mechanics in 2017.

Mike Dunn inching toward milestone; Nolan Arenado will miss Wiffle Ball - The Denver Post

In his preview for the upcoming two-game series in Los Angeles, Groke notes that Rockies reliever Mike Dunn is sitting at 399 career strikeouts, so No. 400 is right around the corner, perhaps in his next appearance. Groke also writes that the series is a chance for Nolan Arenado to visit home, though there will be no Wiffle Ball games this week.

Stevenson, McMahon set career-highs for hits -

Hartford Yard Goats third baseman, and No. 7 PuRP, Ryan McMahon made’s top prospect performers on Monday night, going 5-for-7 with a triple, a home run and six runs batted in as the Yard Goats dropped a 16-14 slugfest in 13 innings.