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Rockies links and notes for Monday, April 3, 2017

Jon Gray on Being Opening Day Starter: ‘It’s Really Exciting’ | CBS Denver

Jon Gray is excited to start the opener, but knows that it’s “just another game.” The article profiles both Gray and Junior Guerra, Gray’s opposing starter for the Milwaukee Brewers, and contrasts their different paths to becoming their respective team’s Opening Day starter.

GM Jeff Bridich says Rockies can do “very good things” despite injuries, young starters | Denver Post

The Post’s Patrick Saunders reflects on the calm before the Opening Day storm with General Manager Jeff Bridich. Despite the injuries and illness setbacks, Bridich still believes that this is a talented roster that could compete for a spot in the postseason, something that hasn’t happened in Denver since 2009. Bridich also expands on the decisions to designate Miguel Castro and Jason Motte for assignment to make room for Kyle Freeland and Stephen Cardullo.

Kyle Freeland set for hometown debut in Rockies’ 2017 home-opener against the Dodgers | Denver Post

With the starting rotation set, we now know that Kyle Freeland, hometown kid and 2014 first round pick, will make his major league debut at Coors Field on Friday, April 7. The Post’s Nick Groke talked with Freeland about making the start, and Freeland is as confident as ever. Freeland told Groke, “If I could choose how it would happen ... I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Kyle Freeland officially makes Rockies roster; Miguel Castro designated for assignment | Denver Post

We know the news. But here’s something new from Patrick Saunders:

“Castro is fully healthy, but when you add a man to the 40-man roster, somebody has to come off,” general manager Jeff Bridich said. “We had to clear a space for Kyle and this is the move we made.”

The decision to DFA Castro is now even more confusing.

Denver Native Kyle Freeland will make MLB debut in Rockies home opener | BSN Denver

Sometimes, baseball’s just perfect.