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Rockies prospect German Marquez to start tonight and Ian Desmond injury update

Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Tuesday, April 25

German Marquez to start for Rockies vs. Nats |

What everyone has been suspecting for the last week finally became official (almost). German Marquez will be filling in for Rockies ace Jon Gray. Thanks to a pair of off days, the Rockies have used a four-man rotation since Gray was placed on the 10-day DL. While Marquez joined the team last night, he has not yet been added to the active roster, so expect a move later today. Cristhian Adames being designated for assignment or Pat Valaika being optioned are the two most likely options.

Marquez will be on a 90-pitch limit as he continues to get stretched out. Thankfully the Rockies have a well rested bullpen so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Rockies' Ian Desmond takes batting practice |

Ian Desmond took his first batting practice of 2017 and the results were very good

The Rockies plan for Desmond to continue to take batting practice with the team and then travel to Arizona with them, where the surgeon that operated on his hand is. If things go well he will start his rehab shortly thereafter.

Are the Rockies and Diamondbacks about to take over the NL West? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal explores the new order in the NL West and whether or not the two upstarts have what it takes to take down the old guard.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have the two largest payrolls in the National League. However, the Rockies and Diamondbacks appear to have their number. Not only are they sitting ahead of them in the standings they have earned those positions by beating the Dodgers and Giants frequently.

Real or not? Nationals make statement, Rockies best in West | ESPN

Prior to their four-game series that started last night with a Rockies win, ESPN broke down what was the two hottest teams in baseball. The Rockies appear to be the real deal so far this season, and while some things, like their perfect record in one-run games, will not last, there’s a lot of the good kind of regression from the offense that should compensate for it.

Why April is Different for the 2017 Rockies Than Years Past | Rox Pile

Rox Pile delves deeper into why the Rockies are not the mirage of years past. This has not been a case of everything going right for the Rockies. They’ve suffered their fair share of injury luck and bad offensive performances. However, the bullpen has been a huge neutralizing force.

MLB Power Rankings: A major shake-up in the top 10 | FOX Sports

Ranking the MLB teams after Week 3 of the season |

Don’t look now but the Rockies are making some significant headway in convincing the national media that they are here to stay.