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Colorado Rockies place reliever Mike Dunn on the DL, while Ian Desmond may be back from injury soon

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Colorado Rockies related news and notes for Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mike Dunn Placed on 10-Day DL |
Kevin Henry yesterday broke the news of the Rockies placing Mike Dunn on the 10-day DL. Fortunately, with the new, shorter disabled list limit, Dunn should be back by this time next week.

Rockies' Desmond close to rehab game |
The roster shake up will get even more complicated next week, since Ian Desmond seems to be getting closer to a return. It will be hard to put current first baseman Mark Reynolds on the bench, but consider this a good problem to have for the Rockies.

MLB Power Rankings: Rockies and Diamondbacks giving us wild, wild NL West -
More and more people who cover baseball nationally are noticing the Rockies are at the top of the standings. All those dark horse/sleeper picks may have been on to something.

How Big A Threat Are The D-backs And Rockies In The NL West? | FanRag Sports
Did I mention more and more people are noticing the Rockies' hot start?

Rockies catchers at the forefront of the modern pitch-framing movement | BSN Rockies
Drew Creasman talked to Colorado Rockies catchers Tony Wolters and Dustin Garneau as well as manager Bud Black about the art of framing.

Rockies' Greg Holland and Dustin Garneau "fist-fiving" or "high-bumping." | Denver Post
Our friends at BSN aren't the only ones who noticed an oddity in the end-of-game ritual between Rockies catcher Dustin Garneau and closer Greg Holland. Nick Groke asks the hard hitting questions to get to the bottom of things.

A New Way To Think About Ballpark Factors |
Park factors are a notoriously difficult nut to crack in analytics—at least for Rockies fans, so I, for one, welcome any effort to better illustrate the difference between parks. Baseball America shows that it's not the homers at Coors that'll hurt you, it's the hits.

OH! And they have factors going all the way down to Rookie ball. Maybe it won't be a surprise, but more than one (but not all!) of the Rockies affiliates end up on the "Hitters Haven" slot for their respective leagues.

FanPost Friday: Best interaction with a Rockies player? | Purple Row
Time is running out for this week's FanPost Friday prompt! Make sure you head over to our FanPosts and tell us your story and we'll round all the responses up in our weekly recap tomorrow.