This confirms something we’ve theorized about for a while, but Ian Desmond, the Rockies $70-million man, will likely see time in the outfield when he returns from the Disabled List. This is becoming more and more likely as Mark Reynolds continues to excel this year. Desmond was an above average outfielder last year for the Texas Rangers, his first at the position. Desmond’s versatility is likely part of the high price tag, but the Rockies did sign him to play first base, and that’s what Desmond will do, eventually.
Along the same lines as above, Desmond is watching Reynolds’ hot start and taking notes—not how to beat Reynolds (I think), but what Reynolds does to prepare and his defensive work. Reynolds said this about Desmond: “he does ask me a lot of questions, about footwork positioning things like that. I can tell he wants to learn it.” Even if you doubt Desmond’s ability to play first, he’s making the effort to do the job properly and has the athleticism to pull it off.
Rockies David Dahl making progress, on the homestretch towards a return | Mile High Sports
David Dahl continues to make progress towards seeing the field, as he’s taking “dry swings,” meaning he’s standing in front of the mirror and going through the motions. On a scale of one to 10 of being back and ready to play, Dahl is about a “six or seven”. He’s ready to fill whatever role the coaches need him to, but expect him to take at the very least a partial starting role.
Senzatela is only the third pitcher in Rockies history to start his career with a 3-0 record and an ERA below 3.00. His unexpected success has been an incredible story and directly responsible for a lot of the Rockies’ early success.